The secretary where I work said yesterday that she "wouldn't want to be shown on TV looking like that". That was her only comment on the whole thing. I was just stunned. I still don't know what to say to that. This is someone who voted for Pres. Bush. This whole thing has just really crushed a lot of my faith in humanity. I try to see different points of view about most subjects, but this one just eludes me.
Proving once again, that humanity is not where you should put your faith. ; )
"The secretary where I work said yesterday that she "wouldn't want to be shown on TV looking like that". That was her only comment on the whole thing. I was just stunned. I still don't know what to say to that. This is someone who voted for Pres. Bush."
I would have asked her what she meant by the comment.
Perhaps she was simply questioning the way the video clips were used. I think that I understand why the Schindlers made the videotapes -- but I certainly think that the way they were used by the media was EXTREMELY tasteless. It became ghoulish after a while. It was all too obvious that they were being shown over and over -- especially by the cable networks -- in a frantic bid to beat each other in the ratings. Of course the whole Schiavo thing was being used that way, but in the case of those video clips it was at times positively obscene. Luckily it is unlikely Terri Schiavo ever was aware of it -- but I wondered at times why the Schindlers didn't protest.
// she "wouldn't want to be shown on TV looking like that" //
OUCH! yet another good reason why Terri just had to die. < / sarc >
You'll find more people who oppose abortion than euthanasia. I had the same problem with my grandparents. They transposed their wishes on to Terri. They had a living will that would enable us to pull the plug. Needless to say, I'm less than happy but there isn't much I can do.
Anyway, coz they wanted to die, they assume Terri would like it too. This seems to be the root of the problem, many Americans are transposing their desires on to her. IF (emphhasis added) there is a popular support for pulling Terri's tube, this would explain it. Babies? Unconscionale! 'Veggies'? Meh. I don't want to live like this. Just pull the plug. She's better off anyway.
Of course the fact that they were constantly listening to the Deathstream Media going on and on with their left wing demoncr@ptic agenda might also influence their judgment on the matter.
I suspect that there are many decent people who said the same thing : "I wouldn't want to live like that". Maybe they would or wouldn't, but they can't grasp the fact that it is someone elses life they are talking about. Forget the particulars of the case, people have no right to say someone should die because they do not want to live like that. I share your bewilderment. These people have no idea where this killing of Terri Schiavo will lead. Until some day the spouse that loves them no more has them terminated because at one point in their life they said "I don't want to live like that".
Why was Terri on TV "looking like that"?
Two words: Michael Schiavo.
If her parents' wishes had been followed, she would have either been rehabilitated by now, or she really would have stayed profoundly handicapped, but in private, with dignity.
Loving husband my tuchis!
Sorry for the double post, but I forgot this point. Most of the people who were on the kill side were there because they were uninformed or misinformed. My wife changed somebody's mind during a five minute car ride just by discussing the timeline with her. Most people either know zip about the case and went on their prejudices, or they "know" a lot of crap, like that she had no chance of recovery, etc.