Terri Schiavo

Maybe everyone is getting tired of thinking about this and hearing about it on the news. I know it’s been huge; I know after a while it’s tempting to shut down and think “it’s not my life; it’s not my problem.” But it is your problem, because, to quote John Donne:

No man is an island, entire of itself; every man is a piece of the continent, a part of the main. If a clod be washed away by the sea, Europe is the less, as well as if a promontory were, as well as if a manor of thy friend’s or of thine own were: any man’s death diminishes me, because I am involved in mankind, and therefore never send to know for whom the bell tolls; it tolls for thee.

If we can say that it doesn’t matter that Terri Schiavo dies, then we have started down a very slippery slope. Peggy Noonan has an amazing editorial about it today, but I’ll only quote a tiny bit.

Once you “know” that–that human life is not so special after all–then everything is possible, and none of it is good.

I’ll add one more thought. Quite apart from the fact that Michael Schiavo is quite possibly trying to cover up abuse; apart from the fact that he’s living with another woman; apart from the fact that an anonymous businessman offered him a million dollars to get a divorce and just let Terri’s parents care for her; apart from the fact that Terri Schiavo can eat, it just takes her a long time and therefore is not an efficient way of maintaining her system; apart from all that, he’s trying to starve his wife to death.
He’s denying all food and water.
She’s dying of hunger and thirst.
You’re not allowed to do that to a dog.
And the courts of Florida are allowing him to do that to his wife.

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~ by wildeyedwonder on March 24, 2005.

One Response to “Terri Schiavo”

  1. Her condition was brought ON by a eating disorder. Interestingly enough, the monster that haunted her while she was independant and alive, he will force her to die by when she is dependant on him for his care.

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