I think what you are doing here is confusing two issues. On the one hand is a matter of pain, suffering, and the relative merits of different ways to end a life. On the other hand is a comparison of eternity to a finite time period. You begin by saying something to the effect that pain and wrongness may be related, but then surmise that a few extra days of pain is not much. Whatís important isnít that death brings relief from pain or embarrassment (unrevealed) but rather, whatís felt while the individual still lives
. When compared to eternity a few days is certainly not much time, but if red-hot instruments were being inserted repeatedly into a bodily orifice I should think that a few extra days of such treatment would seem like an eternity !
Hereís another method that can work even without a telephone. It is practiced in certain retirement communities and is good for people who live alone; place a sign in one of your windows where it can be easily seen. The sign has a day of the week written on it, for example; Monday. Now, if Friday comes rolling around yet BoulderHead hasnít updated the sign in his window since Monday, well, can you guess what time it is ?