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Euthanasia (from Greek: εὐθανασία; "good death": εὖ, eu; "well" or "good" – θάνατος, thanatos; "death") is the practice of intentionally ending a life to relieve pain and suffering.

When asked about this in 1907, Annie Besant answered:

I do not think it is right to kill human beings to relieve suffering. Some people do; I do not. If a person had perfect knowledge he might do some things which an ordinary person ought not to do. By shortening life you might take away from a person the very lesson he needed to learn in that way.[1]


  1. Annie Besant, Theosophical Lectures, (Chicago: The Rajput Press, 1907), 142.