I know that there are some things that are intrinsically evil: murder, rape, theft. All of these have one thing in common: you are taking something from another person against their will.
Other things are only 'evil' because we believe that we have been told by our creator that they are evil. Or society seems them as an evil. But are they really bad? And if so, why? They don't meet the 'intrinsic' evil standard.
I'm thinking, very specifically, of suicide and assisted suicide. Not in the 'gee, I want to try this' manner, of course. There've been a couple of articles in the paper recently about a 91 year old woman out in...California, I think, who is in trouble for selling suicide kits. I think the actual charges have something to do with selling medical equipment without the proper licensing, but I can't recall and it's not actually important to the point.
I draw a line between people who are suicidal because of mental imbalance - they are not in control of their own faculties. This is different, to my mind, from those who are suffering from a terminal illness. The question I'm asking is, is it actually, inherently evil, bad, wrong, whatever you want to call it for someone who it in complete control, not on drugs, alcohol or suffering from mental issues to decide that they don't want to sit around and suffer for months or years until their body finally just stops being able to function?
And on a possibly related note, I noticed that Dr. Kevorkian died today, of natural causes.