Will this subject was really a dilemma for me , I asked a lot of people about their opinion in this matter I tried really hard not to look at this from a religious point of view and finally here it is my opinion about euthanasia .
further readings about equality in Islam:
do you remember that episode of Grey’s Anatomy where Dr,Cristina Yang was rushing to the ER to help treating a man who i think was having a cardiac problem , and when the man saw Cristina he told her no thanks i dont need you to treat me , he was really raises with her , so she left him , but after all Dr.Bayle her supervisor told her that no matter what Cristina have to treat the patient . you are a doctor you have to do what is right , you do not choose those who you will treat .
This where i first learned about ethics , wither you like it or not there are certain rules you should follow when you choose to do certain professions , you may not agree with it , and it might be the oppisite of all what you belive in but guess what ! you have to do it .
Ethics “as defined in Wikipedia“, is a branch of philosophy that involves systematizing, defending and recommending concepts of right and wrong conduct . some references include that these concepts are usually forced by an external source e,g. upper management . But ethics is not the only source for right and wrong , morals is the way you can differentiate between right and wrong by your own standards , that you have reached to and that might be effective by your culture ,religion , beliefs , life experiences , how you’ve been raised by your parents and the environment you live in .
The question here is how morals and ethics relate to my profession ?
will , for ethics , we all as a practitioners should follow the rules, policies and procedure that is standardizes in our hospital , country ….etc. morality though appears when you reach to a point that is not mentioned in the standards you follow , for example , in a situation where the patient believe that an evil eye is the cause of his condition and that is something that you couldn’t treat ! you can educate your patient as much as possible , but sometimes no matter what you or anyone say to the patients they only believe what they think is right . what can you do in this situation other than either to dismiss the patient if he\she asked you to do so or if not , you will just give the session with no passion or “empathy” if we might say so .
To be moral ,means that you are already ethical , but being ethical , dose not make you moral .
“Compassion is the basis of morality.”
― Arthur Schopenhauer
After looking in the first week learning stimulus and reading a few posts written by my colleagues in the course ,i started to question my self , what is empathy for real ? how can a person be an empathetic one ? is being an empathetic a good or a bad thing ? and how dose this empathy relate to my work as a physiotherapist ?!
starting with the term “empathy” how can we define it ?
looking through different resources i can say that it is a complicated term , that has no clear definition . i can summarize all the definitions I’ve read as the following ,
Empathy : is the act of ” imagining ” and feeling what others might feel .
Moving to how can a person be an empathetic one ? and is being an empathetic a good or a bad thing ?
This is all a subjective matter , in my opinion one can not simply be empathetic , this is something you should be born and grow up with , something you are encouraged not forced to act .the difference between the two is that when you encourage an act it my gradually become a personal habit , a part of who you are , but when you force it will lose its meaning and become fake.
is being empathetic good or bad ,that depends on how much you get involved and how is this affecting your objective judgment , which is a subjective measure unfortunately ! so you have to take care not to drag your self to much over there .
Moving to what is more important to me, knowing how dose empathy relate to my work as a physiotherapist ?
will we are humans first physiotherapists second , and communication is an integral part of our lives , with communicating feeling arrives . we as a physiotherapists may spend the most amount of time with the patients comparing to other members of the health care team . with this amount of time any type of relations may happen .
i remember when they started to teach us back in school about patients interviews , first of all you have to introduce your self to your patient (begin the relation) , ask him\her how can you help them ? (listen and interact ) , find your patients problem and goals (diagnose and discuss) , make a plan (be the therapist ).
you can not treat patients if you did not gain their trust , and the only way they can trust you is that they see the human in you , and see that you are respecting them , and that you can feel their pain , and that you will try your best to help them and most important is that you care about them , in this ladies and gentlemen the true meaning of empathy reveals .