Euthanasia: seven years later

“Proprio come sceglierò la mia nave quando mi accingerò ad un viaggio, o la mia casa quando intenderò prendere una residenza, così sceglierò la mia morte quando mi accingerò ad abbandonare la vita.” (SENECA)

Fabiano Antoniani (40), a famous Italian dj, got paralysed and blind after a car accident. He tried many therapies to lead a reasonable life again, but it was all in vain. So, the only thing which remained was committing euthanasia. In Italia euthanasia is still a crime; although Italian parliament was supposed to provide a legal solution for such cases, it didn’t. There is the Vatican and a stubborn conservative lobby in Italy which is strongly against a more liberal legislation. So Antoniani had to go to Switzerland to end his life; a man who accompanied him risks twelve years of prison when he returns to Italy. (1)

The case reminded me of an e-twinning project we had seven years ago with my colleague-philosopher Domenico Lanfranchi, of the Istituto di Istruzione Superiore Edith Stein in Gavirate (IT). It’s still one of my best European projects, when I look back to it. The starting point was the movie ,,Mar Adentro” with Javier Bardem, followed by some comparisons in legislations in Italy and Belgium, a chatroom-session and an e-Zine with some conclusions of the project. In those seven years nothing has changed: it puzzles me how moral standards in a culture remain the same and permissive legislation still is far away in Italy, while in Belgium we had meanwhile an extension of the law towards terminally ill children.

euthanasiekrant  (2)


(1)  http://www.standaard.be/cnt/dmf20170227_02753339

(2) https://issuu.com/patrickghyselen/docs/krantenmakereuthanasia