Wednesday, February 23, 2005

Terri Schaivo - Other Voices

Peg at What If? has a post regarding the Terri Schiavo case.

We're not on the same page on this, but I encourage others to consider her position. And I mean that. Consider it. What does it mean ultimately for good or ill?

I respect Peg, but I truly think she's wrong here. But her opinion certainly deserves better than casual dismissal. What do you think?


Anonymous Peg K said...

Doug - I appreciate your respectful comments, even if our views differ.

I'd like to know more, though, about why you hold your position.

Do you think it is wrong to withhold any sort of care at all for an individual - irrespective of their condition and status?

If they have a living will, is that a mitigating factor? If Terri Schiavo had had one, would your position alter?

Maybe you'd like to post on this..... I'd like to hear your reasoning.

7:37 PM  
Blogger Doug said...

Funny you should mention this tonight Peg. I just had a conversation with someone on this very topic, which ended with me admitting I hadn't really articulated my position yet and ought to do so.

No promises on promptness, because it's not the kind of subject I can rip out quickly on demand. But I'll do it soon, and let you know when I do.

11:49 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

We're human, not creator. Yet we have the default: we can control what we know and by proxy, take the fall for what we don't know: we know how to pull the tube, yet we don't know what lies underneath the decision. To dispute such power is the essence of Prima Donna.

Our founding fathers threw in this silly little clause (no, it's not silly, it's magnanamous, because they were smart)...

Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness.

Emphasis on "pursuit."

All of you idiots out there wondering why this clause is so damn important are currently living under the blessing of said words. Giving me the chance to pull your nourishment while you languish in your alpha-state (flying dream state) and can't you want an appointed body of HUMANS to decide what you're doing, at this critical time?

Okay, allow me for a minute to entertain the alternative: I'm now suffering from ALS and can't move, nor eat, nor do all the other stuff that comes with this 'political derivation of the definition of life.' I sure hope some court A-holes don't play Creator on me and pull my plug.

Everyone...we just don't know. So how can we make a decision that defines knowing? In this case, we should at least allow us, as people, part of the definition of life, the idiots who kown not how life has been started, to please not make the fatal decision to know better than our creator.

8:29 PM  

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