Thursday, March 31, 2005


Terri Schiavo is dead. Perhaps it is only me who found it odd, but why was it that the most zealously religious folks -- people who definitely, without-a-doubt believe in some sort of afterlife -- were so appalled by the idea that Schiavo should die with dignity? And why is it that non-religious types -- people who focus on the here-and-now or believe that this imperfect life is all we get -- were generally-speaking uninterested in the removal of Schiavo's feeding tube and appalled by the right-to-lifers' protests?

Shouldn't one group be comforted by their belief that life is just a pitstop on the way to a higher plane, and shouldn't the other be arguing that life -- no matter how incapacitated or tenuously defined -- should be taken away under only the most severe and certain of circumstances?

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