Thursday, March 31, 2005

Terri Schiavo

Yes, it's extremely sad that Terri Schiavo is in a vegetative state, and that she is dying. What bothers me is the concern over ONE life that will never return to a normal, productive state, in light of other people that we can actually DO something about.
The United Nations has released figures recently that indicate that 3.4 million people die each year from water-related illness (such as Typhoid fever). Four thousand children die each DAY die from diseases related to filthy water. See the Voice of America write up at http://www.voanews.com/English/2005-03-17-voa34.cfm . We could have used the resources used to invade and "democratize" Iraq to help these people. Instead of dead children, we could have living, productive, fully functional people. Each month 150,000 children die of malaria in Africa alone. This is unconscionable in the 21st century. See the related article at Global politician: http://globalpolitician.com/articles.asp?ID=513 . Let's concentrate our efforts and funds toward what we can actually DO something about. Let's focus on lives that can be saved, restored, and enhanced. What would happen if the media gave the hours of air time it has used to focus on Terri Schiavo to issues worldwide that can save lives?
Bill and Melinda Gates have made a huge, significant effort towards worldwide immunization of children, and we commend them. See http://www.gatesfoundation.org/default.htm .

2 comments:

Dave Dietzler said...

Why is one life getting so much attention while millions are neglected around the world? Slow news days lately. Anything to make for sensationalistic press. Make sure to get a living will so nobody will ever plug you into life support and spend millions keeping your carcass alive when conciousness is gone. Hard drugs should be legalized for people with terminal diseases. Instead of being one of those people who extends his lifespan by two years at age 78 when thousands could be helped with the money wasted on spending the last two years of your miserable life as you endure surgeries and chemo, etc. you could part hardy and smoke dope, shoot morphine or smoke heroin, snort coke or smoke crack and go out in comfort and bliss...but this conflicts with the same kind of morality that is behind all this Schiavo hysteria...

Dave Dietzler said...

Everything is made in China these days but not prescription medicines as evidenced by the price. Let's outsource pharamceutical production so we can afford to provide medicines to the poor all over the world and save money here in the USA also. Where will Americans work if all the jobs go to China? How about this-let's take all the disabled people and give them about $30,000 a year and take them permanently out of the job market. Then we can start taking blue collar workers who have lost jobs to China and retire them at age 55 with a good rate of pay. IN other words, let the Chinese do all the work and some of us will just kick back and relax...