This essay addresses the question of whether and under what circumstances a person should have the right to end his or her life voluntarily. Pretty heavy stuff, I know. While I have read some literature on the subject, I am no moral philosopher. So this may be the height of naiveté on my part, as there have been hundreds of volumes written on this subject by others who have given these questions a great deal of thought. Nevertheless, I find that I have strong beliefs on the question. And my goal here is simply to share some of those beliefs and to test those beliefs by writing about them and by inviting others to help me to refine or rethink them.