WHO TRIED TO RESIST the murder of Terry Schiavo were nuts, statist, would-be theocrats, and so-forth, I wish to remind you that the prime rejoinder of the Universe is, “Not so fast.” Don’t assume you know what you think you know. Don’t throw away time-tested values just because they prove inconvenient. You might be doing serious damage to your soul.
Rom Houben, trapped in his paralysed body after a car crash, described his real-life nightmare as he screamed to doctors that he could hear them — but could make no sound.
“I screamed, but there was nothing to hear,” said Mr Houben, now 46, who doctors thought was in a persistent vegatative state.
There’s a reason the default choice has to be for life. There’s a reason the Hippocratic Oath starts out “First: do no harm” and never gets into “You can kill your patient if it becomes too emotionally difficult for you to keep them alive.” There is a reason that every living thing will fight tooth and nail for life to its last breath.