Tuesday, February 22, 2005


I've read that Terry Schiavo did not leave a will or any type of legal or otherwise document explicitly stating her desire to not go on living if in a vegetative state. So, once again I ask, why is the courts taking Mr. Schiavo's word as is? Why is his word enough? Given the circumstances surrounding this case, i.e., fathering children out of wedlock by another woman while still being married, testimony that contradicts his claims, allegations of abuse toward Terry Schiavo, and funny money all over the place, why hasn't he undergone a lie detector test?

Wouldn't that in some way put all of this to rest?

In the last post I mentioned having reservations about the state intervening by passing a law to explicitly stop Mr. Schiavo from killing his wife. I wondered if this should be kept a matter handled by the people and the courts? I am in no way a constitutional scholar or legal or anything else, but I do believe in limited government, but usually that is in reference to money and property rights. The case of Terry Schiavo is about neither one. This is about saving a life worth living, it is about upholding the unspoken standard that all human life, as established by our creator, is a precious gift to us. This is about doing what is morally, ethically, and naturally right. One big responsibility of the government is to protect the people. The state intervening in the way that it did was an extension of that responsibility, protecting a human life. To me, regardless of whether or not Terry Schiavo expressed a desire to be terminated in her present state, it is wrong to end a life in this manner, period. Neither the state nor the people should tolerate such practice. Dying with dignity is not about dying the way you want, it is not about not allowing others to see you deteriorate, it is not about being ashamed to suffer, for in all of those things having done so, your life and subsequently your death becomes a testimony of an unending truth. You compel sympathy, grace, love, sorrow, and appreciation from others by your example of suffering and ultimately death, while at the same time, you provoke courage, optimism, hope, love, and determination by fighting for life until the end. This is truly living and ultimately dying with dignity, to live pursuing life to its fullest, and if it befalls you, to suffer and die holding on to it to the end, and in doing so you demonstrate just how precious your life and life in general truly is.

For one to simply give up, pull the plug, afraid for others to see them suffer, afraid to experience real suffering, is to die in the most shameful and degrading form of all, as a coward.

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