Doctors have found a way to communicate with locked-in patients. Perhaps surprisingly to some, most report being “happy” despite having what most would considerable to be a miserable existence. We often think to ourselves that life would not be worth living if we had X debilitating condition, and yet, those in such a condition usually want to go on living. We need to be very careful about making value judgments considering how worthwhile one’s life is. While we may not be able to imagine how life would be worth living if we were to experience some major illness like locked-in syndrome, it’s amazing how those who experience such conditions continue to find meaning and value in life. Every life is valuable, and even those who are experiencing terrible suffering still prefer life over death. Life is precious.
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