He is age 104 and perceives that his quality of life is no longer adequate for him to continue to live.
There in Switzerland he will end his life with the assistance of medical personnel.
Suicide isn't easy to complete successfully. If it's bungled, the person could be disabled for life. Typical is the gun shot to the head which results in severe brain damage, not death.
In Australia, assisted suicide isn't legal. Crowdfunding is paying for a first-class plane ticket so that Goodall will be comfortable as he travels.
However, he is not suffering from a terminal illness. Switzerland is among the few nations which allow assisted suicide - that is, euthanasia - for conditions other than terminal illness. Belgium, for example, permits assisted suicide for those with severe psychiatric disorders.
Goodall's decision re-ignites the controversy about assisted suicide. Should it be a human right to be able to request help with ending one's existence?
If society comes to think along those lines, then as people begin to age they can sign forms agreeing to euthanasia if their quality of life declines beyond a certain level. That contract would be established when they were certified to be mentally competent to make such a decision.
A possible grim scenario is that the aging could opt for euthanasia because they simply run out of money.
That is not unthinkable.
In my coaching of the over-50, I am hearing the fear of running out of money. Already they are having difficulty finding work. They can envision a time when that will be downright impossible. Meanwhile their monthly Social Security check barely covers their rent.
However, if ageism or bias against the aging in the workplace didn't block their access to work they could face old old age without contemplating suicide.
Here is my article, published in Odwyerpr.com, on how companies can rebrand to be age-neutral. Ageism not only hurts workers struggling to make ends meet. It also harms society.
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