"Assisted suicide should be legal, according to certified genius Stephen Hawking - and he'd consider it for himself." - Chauncey Alcorn, "Stephen Hawking would consider suicide - if he becomes a burden or has nothing more to 'contribute.'" In the New York Daily News, June 4, 2015. Here is the article.
A powerful presence such as Stephen Hawking, age 73, could provide the tipping point in legalizing assisted suicide in America. Currently for so many maladies, ranging from severe clinical depression to the onset of dementia, we have no option but to travel to Switzerland. There it is legal to go gently into the night, even if we are not suffering from a terminal illness.
Among our most poignant fears as Baby Boomers is winding up without control over our lives. We may face "being forced" into a nursing home. We may be aware that our memory blackouts are becoming more frequent. We may simply have made the decision that the kind of lives we are living no longer offers us any kind of satisfaction.
We can enjoy our daily existence more fully and have more inner peace if we have the option of a convenient, pain-free, dignified, legal passage from this life. As research shows, suicide is a difficult process to get right. Failing at it can result in our being "incarcerated" in a locked psychiatric ward. That's not what should happen to any of us Baby Boomers.