Parliament Of Owls

An eclectic discussion of Life, Science, Politics, Religion, and the occasional Bad Pun.

Thursday, February 17, 2005

Can the blogosphere help Terri Schiavo? Let's find out...

I know, it's been a while since I've posted here. Life being what it is, I've been rather busy with school and family life. Besides, I tend to not say anything unless there's something worth saying.

This is worth saying...

A request has been made on behalf of Terri Schiavo for the blogosphere to advocate her case. I'm sure you're at least semi-aware of who she is and what her predicament is; you can go here for more information.

Every time I see a news article about her, I am saddened to tears, for a number of reasons. One is for her condition; nobody deserves to be like that. Having said that, the solution is not to kill her.

Another reason this is such a sad situation is that it is a most cruel example of how cavalier we are these days about a most sacred thing - our wedding vows. The words "For better or worse... 'til death do us part" means so little to so many. Yet, it is an oath we take, before God and man, for a lifelong commitment. This speaks poorly of some of the core principles that define our society.

Third, the manner in which the state and Mr. Schiavo want to kill her is nothing less than sadistic and evil. Consider: if you starve your child, you are prosecuted for child endangering; if you starve your pet, you are prosecuted for cruelty to animals; if you starve a criminal, you are harassed by civil rights groups for cruel and unusual punishment. Yet, starve Terri Schiavo? No problem. Why is it so difficult for the powers that be to see the blatant hypocrisy?

I realize that the situation is extremely difficult on all of the people involved, and the correct solution (in my opinion) is not an easy one - in so many cases in life, the correct solution isn't the easy one. However, starving Terri to death is not a correct solution.

I offer an analogy to a problem in theoretical computer science: the Halting problem. Simply stated, it is impossible, in general, for one program to determine if another program is in an infinite loop. The parallel is that, in this case, we cannot tell whether or not Terri will improve, nor to what degree, nor when it will happen. God knows these things, and we - despite what some people might think, perhaps implicitly - are not God.

Since we're but mere mortals, we cannot, as in the case of a runaway program, simply stop the process, fix the bug, and rerun the program.

So, if you believe as I do, and this rant makes some sense to you: Do Something. Read up. Learn. Spread the word. And Pray. Not just for Terri, but for all of us, and the dark, slippery slope we as a society keep heading down.


(Hat tips to The Anchoress and PoliPundit for inspiring me to get off my duff and actually say something here).

UPDATE: Blogs For Terri has a large and growing list of blogs supporting Terri's cause. Thanks to the folks there for my first link :)