From Terry Pratchett’s Richard Dimbleby (BBC) lecture on the experience of progressive dementia.

“You see, the disease moves slowly, but you know it’s there. Imagine that you’re in a very, very slow motion car crash. Nothing much seems to be happening. There’s an occasional little bang, a crunch, a screw pops out and spins across the dashboard as if we’re in Apollo 13. But the radio is still playing, the heater is on and it doesn’t seem all that bad, except for the certain knowledge that sooner or later you will be definitely going headfirst through the windscreen.” Extract from the Transcript of the Richard Dimbleby Lecture, 2010

Pratchett makes a persuasive case for the legalisation of assisted suicide.

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