Our inherent worth has little to do with what we can do
Regarding the Vital Signs blog post “Will Dr. Emanuel opt for death at 75? Maybe not” (ModernHealthcare.com, Sept. 23), the value of life is not in what we do, but who we are. Equating actions, or the ability to perform them, to our ultimate worth is relative. Actions are open to judgment, while the person always has inherent worth. There is no need to prolong life endlessly as we naturally age, but the value of life itself does not become less worthwhile. To arbitrarily set an age to die based on what one can or cannot do is odd. I have no interest in this ethical view and neither do I think it is reasonably sound.
Dr. Donald Jansen Medical director of care management UPMC Mercy Pittsburgh