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Jun. 15th, 2005 @ 09:23 pm Terri Schiavo and "the soul"
With the reports of the Schiavo autopsy, a perplexing dilemma comes to mind.

Most of the people who wanted to prolong her body's existence are the kind who believe in an immortal soul, right? Thus they believe Schiavo has one. If you believe the report (and I'm not convinced they will--for these people science is as mutable as faith) then Schiavo was unable to feed herself, was blind, and in the vegetative state her husband said she was in.

So where was her soul? Two options: one, since she was brain dead (because, boys and girls, that's what it means to be in a persitant vegetative state--everything but the brainstem is shut down), her soul had already departed her body and was in the afterlife. Thus, letting the body perish is no sin since the soul has already departed. The second option is that her soul was still with her body, but trapped in a body that was unable to think, sense, or feel anything. I'd call this "hell" or at least "limbo". Not allowing the soul to enter the afterlife seems a horrible thing to do in that case. In either case, terminating life support is the only reasonable option.

Do you think the people who wanted to keep her "alive" will think this one through?
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Date:June 15th, 2005 09:54 pm (UTC)
Bush has already said that he wasn't wrong.
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Date:June 16th, 2005 12:55 am (UTC)
there were two kinds of people opposed to the removal of the feeding tube:

1. ones impacted by the feeling of loss that associates with death. i think these people tend to be rather simple to be honest, and selfish, since the true sadness of death is that they are left behind.

2. ones who are opposed to euthanasia, and used schiavo as a cause.

point #2 was the real issue for thinking xians/catholics, i think. for those people, nothing will be rethought, because the truth wasn't the issue, euthanaisa was. for the others, it won't matter because they won't even see the news (they probably watch fox). if they do, it might make them think.
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Date:June 16th, 2005 06:47 am (UTC)
you should check out 21 Grams for more on this.

And no, the movie isn't about coccaine. 21 grams was the "weight of the soul" as measured by Dr. MacDougall. Turns out that as a body entered the four stages of death (Algor, livor, and rigor mortis followed by putrefication) it spontaneously lost 21 grams of weight. Surely, it must be the soul escaping!