Tonight I got completely sucked in by Al Pacino’s character in You Don’t Know Jack. I’d wanted to watch this movie for a long time and NetFlix finally obliged. I knew few details about Dr. Kevorkian and his practices before watching this, but after working as a hospice volunteer a few years ago, I’ve always been curious to learn more.
One of the reasons I chose to volunteer with hospice is my strong belief that people deserve to die comfortably and with dignity. Nothing in the world could possibly be more valuable than a human life – that’s indisputable – but my experience exposed me to people who suffered immensely at the end of their lives.
A lot of people I’m close to read this blog, and I certainly don’t want to offend anyone with this post or my thoughts. But regardless of your current beliefs or past experiences, I implore you to watch this movie with an open mind. Even if you know you’ll remain resolutely in favor of or opposed to Kevorkian’s methods, at least take the time to understand the opposing arguments. Holding strong to your beliefs is important, but making informed decisions is even more critical.