In Breaking Bad’s twilight, Walter White, anonymously holed up in a remote cabin in Alaska, broken by cancer and also tired of being alone, certain that he has no more cards left to play, he pleads with the man who provided the escape and that he brings him food every two months, let him talk to him for half an hour. He offers you $10,000 for your time. Another asks for a deuce. You accept. He urgently needs to hear a voice that is not his own.
I relive the scene when I see an ad in the pharmacy: “If you are an older person who is feeling lonely, or you know an older person who is feeling lonely, give us a call. Our team of volunteers is looking forward to hearing from you.” And I am touched by this proposal and the people who allow me to listen to those evicted due to old age, isolation, because there is no one to communicate with. And I would like to think that the proposal does not come from some stinking political party that is not looking for votes among the elderly and compassionate shipwrecked.
More humanistic proposals, although I assume that the Government is involved in this. They have set up a permanent telephone to serve people who want to go to another area or nowhere. I doubt its effectiveness. That psychologists and therapists can offer reasons over the phone to dissuade those who decide to commit suicide. If the matter is serious, if it is not limited to a cry for help, they will do it. The problem may be that they do not know how to do it, but they have the courage and desperation to take the last terrible step. Fortunately, euthanasia is moving forward, pity for those who do not want to endure more pain is being rationalized. But compassion must go even further. For example, contributing to a painless death and, if possible, embedding happy moments in their last memories, people with terminally ill souls, suicides, who crave only eternal sleep. But no, the unfortunate will continue to repeat the mantra that only God can give and take away life.
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