Thursday, September 6, 2012

Deserve to die?

Did this tree deserve to die?
Remember in The Two Towers when Treebeard the Ent was so upset over Saruman's senseless hostility toward the ancient trees? Killing them fiercely to make room for his evil empire?

"Only lately did I guess that Saruman was to blame, and that long ago he had been spying out all the ways, and discovering my secrets. He and his foul folk are making havoc now. Down on the borders they are felling trees-- good trees. Some of the trees they just cut down and leave to rot-- orc-mischief that; but most are hewn up and carried off to feed the fires of Orthanc. There is always smoke rising from Isengard these days. 
"Many of those trees were my friends,  creatures I had known from nut and acorn; many had voices of their own that are lost for ever now. And there are wastes of stump and bramble where once there were singing groves. I have been idle. I have to let things slip. It must stop!
"I will stop it," he boomed. "And you shall come with me. You may be able to help me. You will be helping your own friends that way, to; for if Saruman is not checked Rohan and Gondor will have an enemy behind as well as in front. Our roads go together-- to Isengard!"

Of course, Tolkien's hidden message is about the evils we allow to happen around us.

In Nazi Germany, people didn't stand up against the dragging away of Jews, gypsies, Catholics and the sick. Slowly and easily, they were able to torment and kill across different socio-economic and religious groups, all because no one had the guts to stand up for their neighbor. Such is the reality of terrorism.

How often are the disabled seen as trees to be cut down and discarded to make room for something else. In a talk he gave on Tuesday night here in Charlotte, Bobby Schindler explained: "People ask, 'Who would want to live that way?' That's the wrong question. The right question is, 'How can we best serve and care for the disabled?'"

Did this woman deserve to die?
Bobby is the brother of Terri Schiavo. He said a great deal of thought-provoking things about the evils of silent euthanasia that happens to the disabled and others who do not have the resources or voice to speak for themselves.

(If you are not familiar with the story of Terri Schiavo and her death by starvation, read it on the Life & Hope Network > Terri's Story)

For example, Bobby explained how under Obamacare, there is a great danger of healthcare rationing that a patient will not be able to circumvent, even by paying privately for services. In Spring 2011, Burke J. Balch, J.D of the National Right to Life Committee wrote about it for the organization's newspaper.

To implement these recommendations, the federal Department of Health and Human Services is empowered to impose so-called “quality” and “efficiency” measures on health care providers. Doctors who violate a “quality” standard by prescribing more lifesaving medical treatment than it permits will be disqualified from contracting with any of the health insurance plans that individual Americans, under the Obama Health Care Law, will be mandated to purchase. Few doctors would be able to remain in practice if subjected to that penalty.

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