Something I generally haven't really expressed on this blog is legitimate outrage. This post doesn't count, because I tend to use "outrage" or venting as a way to humor.
In the following case, I am not being funny.
What is going on with Terri Schiavo's situation is absolutely horrifying. To have someone loved, but to have one person in the world be able to treat her with neglect and literally call for her death (with very sketchy reasons other than "She didn't want to live this way, but never really said it to anyone but me") and have some in the public and judges agree -
ugh. Consider me shuddering.
The bottom line in my thinking is this: No, this woman will not contribute anything to society. But we as a society will be judged according to how we treat the very weakest among us.
“Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world. For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’
“Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’
“The King will reply, ‘I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me.’
We are called to higher standard. We're called to act as compassionate followers of the King.