Atrophy of Compassion

I found this comment at Southern Appeal in response to the release of Terri Schiavo's autopsy very well put:

"A person with a 'profoundly atrophied' brain needs profound care and love. Terri did not die from an atrophied brain. She died from an atrophy of compassion on the part of her estranged husband and those who helped him to have her deliberately killed."

The public and legal debate about what was to be done about Terri was centered on the idea of the "right to die." I think it would be a much more useful and productive public discussion if we talked about our personal and social compassion and obligation to care for the least among us. Once again, we were obsessed with rights rather than responsibilities.

Melinda Penner

Give

Give

Give