August 22nd 2014

Jojo Moyes’s novel Me Before You delves profoundly into the raging ocean of suicide—this summer’s terrible siege. What tips the scale of choice to stay or go—moral belief; optimism/fear; desperation? Only the One deciding can feel and know. But don’t we all wish to be understood, not judged? I learned (via Moyes’s novel) about Dignitas in Zurick and studied Minelli’s point of view, believing that the gift he provides there—painless departure for people who have documents proving their dire free fall—is honorable and hard won. Of course every means possible is presented to reverse the decision to die. It seems to me that people born with a high level of empathy can understand Minelli’s devotion and hail his integrity.