Euthanasia advocate, Philip Nitschke, has developed a machine that facilitates the process of taking your own life in a mere five minutes!
Nitschke, who calls himself the ‘Elon Musk’ of death, has created a death capsule. The death machine, ‘Sarco’, was introduced in December last year after the Euthanasia Bill was passed in Australia.
Dr. Philip Nitschke is 70-year-old physician who is strongly of the opinion that one should be allowed to take their own life. He is also the founder of an organization known as ‘Exit International’, that endorses the idea of killing yourself voluntarily.
Euthanasia is a form of suicide that allows you to kill yourself on your own terms. It is a kind of assisted death to relieve yourself of pain and suffering.
Philip performed his first assisted suicide procedure back in 1996. Since then, he has been advocating this idea in different countries and has gotten the Euthanasia Bill signed in Australia.
Nitschke, popularly known as Dr. Death, has also written a book, The Peaceful Pill, supporting his philosophy of voluntary euthanasia.
The death machine is created in the shape of a spaceship. According to the Exit International website, the machine has a portable capsule intact that can be converted into a casket. It will give the idea of the journey to afterlife to its patients. It is an open source program and can be executed anywhere in the world.
In conversation with Tonic, Nitschke talked about his new invention and how it is everyone’s basic right to die voluntarily. He briefs them about the procedure of using Sarco and how it only takes ‘Five Minutes’ to die.
While talking about the machine he said, “The coffin can be printed with a 3D-printer and uses liquid nitrogen, which can be bought legally. After you have taken your seat inside the machine, nitrogen starts flowing.”
He continued, “After a minute and a half you start to feel disoriented—a feeling comparable to that of having a few too many drinks—and a few minutes later you lose consciousness. In about five minutes, you’re gone.”
Philip also talked about some of the counter arguments he faced. The most common one was that the a death wish is a mental illness that can be treated.
“The most common argument is that there is no such thing as rational suicide, and that a death wish is, per definition, the result of a psychiatric illness. I reject that idea. Someone’s death wish isn’t something that needs to be treated, per se.”
He also talked about his beliefs and how this concept was actually inculcated in him.
“When I was working to legalize euthanasia in Australia, I met more and more people who wanted to die but didn’t have a medical reason. One of them was a French woman, a scholar, who had planned to die at age 80. Not because she was sick, but simply because she thought that was a beautiful age to pass away.”
Nitschke told the website that the French woman convinced him that it should be a right of every living being to decisively take their own lives.
“She said it was her decision, one that isn’t bound by the rules I follow as a doctor. Partially due to her, I changed my mind. I became convinced that death should be a right for any sane human.”
Initially, it was said that Sarco will be released in early 2018. The machine will be produced in Switzerland and will be out in just a few months!
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