By Barrier Free Japan
August 17 2020
It was reported on Thursday 24 July 2020, that two doctors were arrested by the Kyoto Prefectural Police for allegedly murdering a woman who had amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or ALS, at the patient’s request.
The deceased, a woman aged 51 named Yuri Hayashi, ran a blog and a Twitter account.
On September 23 2018, Hayashi posted a blog titled “Beautiful soul”. In it Hayashi relays a story about emailing someone about a shared love of sumo, during which the email correspondent describes Hayashi as a ‘beautiful soul’ and Hayashi wonders what that might mean:
“I can’t quite meet friends living far away, but I love watching sports, so I always e-mail each other about the athletes I care about.
A friend of mine talked to me, a beginner of sumo, about the strengths of their favorite wrestler.
While writing the email, I also wanted to write about my good points, and the next day the email was sent.
What they wrote overestimated a lot about me, but the very first thing that they had to say was definitely wrong, even though they were smart:
“First of all, I am beautiful and have beautiful soul.”
I wondered if I was far away, “What is a beautiful soul…?”
If you have such a disease “What are humans? What is life? What is life?”
I always think about such things. I used to be a better person when I was fine, but I was able to do anything better…
I have an inconvenient body, and I’m becoming more and more annoying because of the stress. So what is a beautiful soul? I thought.
The image suddenly came to my mind.
Thanks to the patients I met through this blog and Twitter.
A beautiful soul is a soul that wants to live! I think that a pure soul is the power that wants to live when people and other things are scraped off. I felt it was a beautiful soul.
Unfortunately I can’t say I’m beautiful.
Various desires and dissatisfactions are filming.
They said that a body that cannot do anything by itself is not human life. They say that they don’t like being alive.
However, such a weak person seems to be human.
I wonder if that’s me.“