Saturday, March 26, 2005

Saying 'Peace, Peace,' When There Is No Peace

"They have healed also the hurt of the daughter of my people slightly [superficially], saying, Peace, peace; when there is no peace."Jeremiah 6:14

"What exactly does it mean to die with dignity?" asks Dory of Wittenberg Gate in "On Dying With Dignity and in Peace":

Somehow if Terri lives on a few more decades, and at some future time begins to age as we all will, and succumbs to one of those ailments that age brings, she will die without dignity. Or is it she will live all those years without dignity? Or is she already living without dignity and somehow in dehydrating she will regain it in death? And once she is dead, of what use will this dignity be?...

The other thing that puzzles me is that those who insist that Terri needs to die with dignity and die in peace also assert that Terri is aware of nothing, feels nothing, or sometimes that she does not even have a life. Ignorance, (of one's lack of dignity and peace), it seems to me, would be bliss in such a situation. So then, I am puzzled about what use this dignity and peace will be to such a person, or non-person, as the case may be.
Read the whole thing.