True Freedom?

There is but one truly serious philosophical problem," wrote Albert Camus, "and that is suicide." It never fails to puzzle society when someone claims to have solved it. On March 31, Britons Robert and Jennifer Stokes flew to Zurich to kill themselves with the help of professionals. The Stokes were in chronic discomfort — Jennifer, 53, suffered from diabetes and Robert, 59, was epileptic — and both reportedly were prone to depression. But neither was terminally ill, according to relatives. In Zurich, the Stokes were greeted by staff members from Dignitas, an assisted-suicide group in Switzerland, where the practice is legal...

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