Friday, December 31st, 2010 at
You Don’t Know Jack
December 31, 2010
The last day of 2010…
What happened that I didn’t realized we were suddenly ending one more year? Wow…
Anyway, this year was incredibly powerful, principally in the education area. 2010 was a period of astounding learning; a time of challenge. That’s why i’m thanking Life. That’s why i’m thanking God for this past 2010.
(The title for this article may sound weird to you, but you will get it at the end)
Today’s special date –December 31st-, makes me feel inspired and wanted to share with you something that it touched my heart recently, which may empower you for the coming days… and years.
Days before – along with my whole family -, I saw the movie “You Don’t Know Jack” where the superb acting of Al Pacino is really incredible… but the subject of this film removed my deeper feelings and thoughts, most of all because it was a real life story.
Pacino performs Jack Kevorkian, who faced the society of his era, in circumstances that are again exposed to today’s society through this recent film.
The controversial subject is euthanasia.
Kevorkian is a doctor (who doesn’t have a license anymore) applying lethal injections to volunteers that wanted to die.
As you may know, the definition of euthanasia is the painless killing of a patient suffering from an incurable disease or in an irreversible coma.
The same subject was showed in another movie titled “The Sea Inside” (or “Mar Adentro” In Spanish). This movie was made in Spain in 2004, and tells the story about Ramón Sampedro, who became quadriplegic at his 16 years old.
“The Sea Inside” relates the odyssey of Sampedro whom spent 28 years of his life to find out a legal way to kill himself.
It is not strange that these movies are taking the contentious topic of euthanasia from a personal point of view. At the end of the film you end with the feeling that a suicide (or an attended suicide) in these cases is completely right and understandable.
But here is when many questions arise…
- Is that right or not to suicide or take the own lives?
- Should other people “help” other people to die?
At the end of “You Don’t Know Jack”, I asked a question to my whole family, whose in that moment were together with me: