If you can spare a couple of extra seconds please pray for Lauren Richardson. She is 23 years old, from Delaware, and suffered a massive brain injury two years ago that put her in a persistant vegitative state. She is currently not on life-support, but a feeding tube. Her mother wants to have the tube removed because she "believes" Lauren would not want to live this way. However, her father, Randy Richardson, is pleading and fighting to keep his daughter alive. Despite that fact, Judge Sam Glasscock ordered that her tube be removed in 2 weeks. This is obviously a horrible situation for the family, but also for our culture. Why does it seem that so many people are so quick to err on the side of death instead of giving victims a fighting chance?? When a family member is fighting to be able to take care of a disabled person, why don't we just let them? They're not asking for any help or charity from anyone. They just want to fight for their loved one. It has no bearing or burden on anyone else. I don't understand.
My husband sent me this paragraph regarding Nietzsche:
In Thus Spake Zarathustra, he said: “Far too many keep on living; they hang on their branches much too long. May a storm soon come to shake all this rotten and worm-eaten fruit from the tree!” In a section of The Gay Science entitled “Holy Cruelty” a Nietzschean “saint” advises a father to kill his disabled child, rhetorically asking, “Isn’t it crueler to allow it to live?” Twilight of the Idols includes a section entitled “Morality for Physicians” that calls sick people “parasites” who have no right to life and advocates the “most ruthless suppression and pushing aside of degenerate life.” And finally in his autobiography Ecce Homo, one of the last books he sent to the publisher before his collapse into insanity, he said: “If we cast a look a century ahead and assume that my assassination of two thousand years of opposition to nature and of dishonoring humans succeeds, then that new party of life [!] will take in hand the greatest of all tasks—the higher breeding of humanity, including the unsparing destruction of all degenerates and parasites.”
This line: "Isn't it crueler to allow it to live?" is one I hear from pro-"choicers" when it comes to aborting babies who *might* be born with a disability. Not only is it completely immoral, but it begins a slippery slope. Where does that sentiment end?? Do we think it's cruel to allow blind people to live then? What about people who have lost limbs? Ok, so now what about obese people? Isn't it miserable being fat in a society that demands perfection? Doesn't this sound absurd?
If you would like more information on Lauren, visit http://www.lifeforlauren.org/. Passing the word and prayers are greatly appreciated!