I, myself, believe that if there are no higher brain functions present, then by all intense and purposes life has ceased to exist. To me a functioning brain stem (this controls all our primitive reflexes, our involuntary functions such as breathing, body temperature regulation, and heartbeat) does not constitute life. Bodies that can breathe, blink, wake and sleep, but have no consciousness, are nothing but the visual perception of who we are… The essence is entirely gone.
Is my opinion right or wrong? It does not matter and no one has the right to judge, it is what I believe and it is what forms the base of my own advance directive (you never know what the future holds and you should always be prepared for the worst) And all we can do is offer our opinion. As is with human nature we all view things from our own perspective, looking through the “if that was me or my loved one” glasses…
How sad it is that due to the lack of a written living will, other people are left to determine our fate. I do know one thing; politicians have no place in this decision.
Having an advance directive is just as important as the will we make to administer our material possessions.
…and that the argument of what constitutes death/brain death is far from over.