Yeah, we are. When a site like FR has a group of people who believe in this, we're in trouble.
As gridlock said, we've moved from people believing in a default state of life to a default state of death. Our instinct is to fight for life. When we are injured, our bodies naturally struggle to repair the damage, struggle to breathe, we fight. We spend countless dollars on medical research, medical treatments, etc. to find a way to survive just a bit longer. It's just natural that we work to live. Yet in the face of all the daily evidence that we fight to live, society has determined that those unable to speak for themselves would rather choose death.
You're exactly right. It's easy to sit back in a moment of reflection and imagine the circumstances that you would or would not want to live with and to make a living will based on those thoughts. It's a vastly different thing to look at death and say, if there's a chance, I want to take it. There are bunches of people in the health care profession and out of it who think that a person shouldn't change their mind. Our family compares it to the man who wants to commit suicide, reaches the edge of the precipice and decides to live. Then someone behind him says, "You made up your mind" and then gives him a push off of the edge. The merchants of death are in hospitals, nursing homes and all over the places where you would expect to find healing.
Meant to ping you to my last post, too. Your words were very eloquent.
Up to a point, yes, you are right. But if, as in the wild, we are a sure goner - being eaten by a tiger, say, our bodily processes suppress the fight, anesthetize our senses, and relax us into oblivion.