Christianity and Middle-Earth

Wednesday, March 23, 2005

The Ethics of Barad-dûr

When my brother was dying in an ICU room and a doctor and a nurse cornered me and pressured me to unplug him from the respirator, I was informed that the process involved was to take him off the paralytics that were preventing him from fighting the respirator so that he would be able to breath on his own. Then they would switch it off.

Of course, once they cut the paralytics, then he would start fighting the respirator, right back in the same psychotic hell that was killing him in the first place.

If that wasn't the case, then why was he on the paralytics?

So I asked them: why can't you switch off the respirator while he's like this, unaware, oblivious?

The answer? "That would be legally murder."

That's "ethics" for you.

Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye compass sea and land to make one proselyte; and when he is made, ye make him twofold more the child of hell than yourselves.


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