For those unaware, that title is an old Usenet and discussion list term. There’s a whole lot of meaning wrapped up in it.

Anyway, that’s what I did with regard to the two talk-radio stations I listen to here in the Bay Area: KSFO and KNEW. I just can’t take Terri Schiavo 24/7 any longer.

Anyone remember Greg Kihn? Well, he’s been the morning DJ of San Jose’s classic rock station, KFOX, for quite a few years now. Actually, it’s the best of both worlds. Greg has a great dose of Uncommon Sense, plus he knows great music, and especially, great guitar–and plus–he has the sort of prejudices you’d expect an old-school rocker to have and doesn’t mind touting them, or insulting someone who doesn’t share them. So, goodbye morning talk-shows <Plonk!>, hello Greg Kihn.

Regarding Schiavo, I just don’t get it. In all the hand-wringing over this, I’ve yet to hear a single one of these people state that given similar circumstances, they would want to be kept alive. At the same time, I’ve not talked to one person who would be interested in living that way. This is the whole key, folks, and it gets right to the heart of what the political and religious motivations are, here. I commented as such to this post a few days ago:

I do not know one single person in my field of experience who would want to "live" like that for a month–much less 14 years.

I certainly wouldn’t. I conclude that most reasonable people wouldn’t.

Since she can’t tell us (and will never be able to tell us), then all there is to consider, in my opinion, are the wishes of the guardian–checked by the rule of reason and what a typical reasonable person is likely to want.

I guess the only thing I’d want for myself, given similar circumstances, is a much quicker way to go.

Then, a few days later, I was happy to come across this at Keith Burgess-Jackson’s place.

Whatever else they are, moral judgments are universal prescriptions. Suppose I judge a certain action—call it A—to be right. I am not describing anything (or, if I am, I am not merely describing); I am prescribing that A be done. If I am to avoid inconsistency, I must make the same judgment of actions that are like A in all morally relevant respects. To say of A that it is right but of B that it is not right is to imply that there is a morally relevant difference between A and B.

Be careful what you judge about Terri Schiavo. If you judge that it would be wrong to let her die, then, to be consistent, you must judge that it would be wrong to let you die, should you find yourself in her situation. Perhaps you are willing to make that judgment, although I find it hard to believe that anyone would. What sort of life is Schiavo capable of having? She will never again have projects, experiences, enjoyments, or activities. These are the things that make life worth living. I suspect most people would want to die if they were in her situation; so it’s inconsistent of them to say that she should not be allowed to die.

This whole thing is about politics–for those who see political advantage in it–and about religion–for those who harbor fantasies of God–and/or some combination of both.

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  1. Whymrhymer on March 22, 2005 at 20:43


    That's an excellent point, you could call it the "Golden Rule of Euthanasia."

    Seriously though it's caused me to examine exactly why I'd like to see Terri's feeding tube replaced and realize it's just because Michael is such an obvious bastard and I just want her to "live" to piss him off!

    Speaking of feeding tubes, that's a pretty neat way to avoid leaving the keyboard when I'm in one of my Persistive Blogatative States.

  2. Richard Nikoley on March 23, 2005 at 10:19

    Regarding Michael Schiavo being a bastard, you don't know bastard until you've seen me dealing with assholes who are trying to meddle in my affairs and those of my wife.

    Hell, it would take me less than a day to become a complete bastard. He's been putting up with it for 14 years.

  3. Todd on March 23, 2005 at 14:36

    Greg Kihn was awesome in the day. I saw him live on New Year's Eve at The Catalyst in Santa Cruz 1989/90. Good memories.

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