Yesterday I talked about the situation when there is no hope for a person to live but when machines keep the body alive. My friend who told me about her client also said that she and her husband have given each other the following authorization: if one of them is in this condition the other one is legally allowed to tell the doctor to switch off the machines. I know Germany works with papers and signatures and I think it will be not only there. There is a big discussion in this world about mercy killing and in many places of the world governments want to make a law that if someone is in this condition and there is no chance to live without a machine doctors should be allowed to switch off the machines.
I think that in this kind of situation doctors should have the freedom of freeing a person from pain which is their duty. If someone is only suffering, what is the meaning of keeping him alive just with a machine? If someone did not sign this authorization and give this permission a doctor is not allowed to take this decision. It is the question of one signature. Even if they did not authorize anybody in their life to take this decision, nobody would ever want to be in this situation and choose to be only ‘alive’ by the help of a machine and suffering pain.
In India we always enjoy wonderful food from the Ashram kitchen and tonight we had something for the European taste: we had pizza and it was great!