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Thursday, March 31, 2005

Terri Schiavo has died. There will be eloquent eulogies, angry banter, and sincere expressions of emotion ranging from relief to disgust emanating from the blogosphere in the coming hours. Not much can be said that hasn't been said already, but I'm going to try anyway. I have hope for a few things to come out of this:

I hope that she was in as little pain as possible.

I hope her parents and siblings, who have lost someone they love dearly, find comfort somewhere, somehow.

I hope this whole mess does not become more of a political football than it already has. Perhaps state legislatures can begin to address this issue before a similar situation rears its ugly head. And, despite how we may dislike the imminent outcome, we need to encourage our federal legislators to respect the laws of the states, without intervening where they have no authority. This holds true for a lot more than just moral dilemmas.

I hope I am wrong about Michael Schiavo. I really do. However, actions reflect true character: "The feud between the parents, Bob and Mary Schindler, and their son-in-law continued even after her death: The Schindlers' spiritual advisers said the couple had been at their daughter's besides minutes before the end came, but were not there at the moment of her death because Michael Schiavo did not want them in the room." I don't care how much you hate someone. That sort of behavior is just downright awful. Hatchets should be buried, even if temporarily, during such times. Even if Terri wanted to die, as Michael claims, I doubt she wanted her parents to be isolated from her. It is things like this that make many people doubt the motives of Michael Schiavo.

I hope the American public learns to realize that opinions exist that differ from their own, and, even if they disagree, they need to learn to respect those differences. I have heard far too many people insult and berate others because they thought differently about the Schiavo matter. Insulting others does not make your case. It makes you look like a fool.

And finally, I hope the public learns the value of a living will (which is not an infallible document, but is an important one nonetheless). No doubt, the Schindlers would have challenged a living will in this case, but the public outcry would have been far less, and Terri Schiavo no doubt would have been allowed to die years ago.

Terri Schiavo, rest in peace. You've earned it.


.: posted by Dave 10:36 AM

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