“When any is taken with a torturing and lingering pain, so that there is no hope, either of recovery or ease, … but choose rather to die, … they shall be happy after death.” (Thomas More, Utopia, Utopia Reader pg.91)
There is a lot in these readings that I disagree with but this actually sounds like assisted suicide/euthanasia which is something that I do agree with. I personally believe that it is better to live a shorter life with a high quality than a long life of misery. Of course, quality of life is subjective; one man’s heaven is another man’s hell, but the man in hell should be able to leave if he so choose.
That is something I thought was interesting because it’s something that’s only legal in four US states according to the Wikipedia page on assisted suicide.
This is short because I’m posting from my phone and it’s really awkward trying to correct the auto-correct.