The Philosophy of Death
I didn’t think I’d write anything else about Terri Schiavo. To be honest the situation is truly beginning to get to me. I feel helpless to do anything and it’s wearing on my soul.
But following a link left on James Joyner’s site I came across a completely different look at the whole situation and it’s ominous implications for all of us.
Terri Schiavo’s starvation also represents a triumph for Utilitarian Bioethics, the special project of Princeton professor Peter Singer. Shorn of the argot of Academia, Utilitarian Bioethics is a philosophy that sees human happiness as a zero-sum game. Therefore, all resources, including medical should be doled out on the basis of what will best increase the total of human happiness, which sounds benign enough until the real ramifications become apparent. Adolf Hitler executed many who were not Jews, but who were blind, lame, or mentally retarded. Adolf Hitler was practicing Utilitarian Bioethics. The ethos clearly calls for withholding medical care from, and even murdering, those who are less than perfect. This can mean anyone with a physical or mental defect, or even anyone without the capacity to experience “happiness” fully enough to satisfy the Bioethics Committee.
Utilitarian Bioethics is the ultimate secular philosophy. There is no room for a deity when the Bioethics Committee is God. And the death of Terri Schiavo will serve the goals of the Utilitarians. Advancing a philosophical position in society is ideology at work. Those working for the death of Terri Schiavo are advancing a cold, soulless ideology.
Utilitarian Bioethics aka the philosophy of death can only lead to Eugenics the science of death and manipulation of the weaker gene pools, which was practiced to an art form by the Nazi’s of Germany.
I don’t know what will happen with Terri Schiavo but I do still have room in my heart for believing in miracles. I’m hopeful but cautious that the latest move by Governor Bush in considering the use of a state law that allows the state to take a vulnerable adult into immediate custody if there is a demonstrated need for protection
Lucy Hadi, secretary of the Department of Children and Families, said the state investigation into potential abuse is ongoing and the state is required by law to file a petition to bring Schiavo into state care if an emergency exists.
The state does not have to wait for a court to act, she said.
”We are looking at every potential opportunity to be of assistance,” Hadi said. “There’s nothing about this case that has been clear cut except our concern.”
Whatever happens in this case there is little doubt that the laws must be changed in regards to the protection of critically ill patients.