Saturday, March 26, 2005

The Siren Fetus

OOOh! James Wolcott has it!

If Terri Schiavo is a large scale fetus, and cannot speak for herself, then what is anyone to do but save her?

The big problem with this situation is that of course no one wants to be Terri Schiavo, or connected to her I.V. It's horrifying!

But as I was saying earlier, pity moves us. Those who cannot put together what it is to be pitied and what it is that creates such situations then go on to create pitiable messes. The sickest part is that today we have a dominant rubric that violently champions this approach to social analysis.

Nowhere here is empathy, nowhere the consideration of human equality.


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