Looking through Terri Schiavoís Eyes

Written by RobinRenee Bridges


Iím a chaplain, and I thought some of you might be interested in a very different point of view about this. Iím not suggesting that you believe me, nor am I arguing for a ďside.Ē This is just whatrepparttar Sanctuary teaches, and this is what I believe.

Terriís soul is alive and well, and itís still attached to her body. The essence of Terri, her soul, is not in some state of limbo. Her soul is aware of everything going on around her just like near-death experiencers can be aware of their surroundings. Terri is actively participating in a spiritual change in society. This is a test for usÖto see if we are spiritually mature enough to dorepparttar 132166 right thing.

And what isrepparttar 132167 right thing in Godís eyes? God gives life, and He brings it home when itís time.

To withhold food and water from any living creature with a soul is unthinkable. Even though Terriís brain might not be aware of it, and even though she might not suffer physically from it, our society would be held accountable for its choice. Food and water is not a matter of artificially extending life. Itís an act of mercy. If Terri is given food and water, her body will digest and metabolize it. When itís time for Terri to die, her body will stop doing that.

Cannibalism and Human Sacrifice - Part II

Written by Sam Vaknin


III. Chastening Reminders

Cannibalism is a chilling reminder of our humble origins inrepparttar animal kingdom. Torepparttar 132164 cannibal, we are no better and no more than cattle or sheep. Cannibalism confronts us withrepparttar 132165 irreversibility of our death and its finality. Surely, we cannot survive our demise with our cadaver mutilated and gutted and our skeletal bones scattered, gnawed, and chewed on?

IV. Medical Reasons

Infrequently, cannibalism results in prion diseases ofrepparttar 132166 nervous system, such as kuru. The same paternalism that gave rise torepparttar 132167 banning of drug abuse,repparttar 132168 outlawing of suicide, andrepparttar 132169 Prohibition of alcoholic drinks inrepparttar 132170 1920s - seeks to shelter us fromrepparttar 132171 pernicious medical outcomes of cannibalism and to protect others who might become our victims.

V. The Fear of Being Objectified

Being treated as an object (being objectified) isrepparttar 132172 most torturous form of abuse. People go to great lengths to seek empathy and to be perceived by others as three dimensional entities with emotions, needs, priorities, wishes, and preferences.

The cannibal reduces others by treating them as so much meat. Many cannibal serial killers transformedrepparttar 132173 organs of their victims into trophies. The Cook Islanders sought to humiliate their enemies by eating, digesting, and then defecating them - having absorbed their mana (prowess, life force) inrepparttar 132174 process.

VI. The Argument from Nature

Cannibalism is often castigated as "unnatural". Animals, goesrepparttar 132175 myth, don't prey on their own kind.

Alas, like so many other romantic lores, this is untrue. Most species - including our closest relatives,repparttar 132176 chimpanzees - do cannibalize. Cannibalism in nature is widespread and serves diverse purposes such as population control (chickens, salamanders, toads), food and protein security in conditions of scarcity (hippopotamuses, scorpions, certain types of dinosaurs), threat avoidance (rabbits, mice, rats, and hamsters), andrepparttar 132177 propagation of genetic material through exclusive mating (Red-back spider and many mantids).

Moreover, humans are a part of nature. Our deeds and misdeeds are natural by definition. Seeking to tame nature is a natural act. Seeking to establish hierarchies and subdue or relinquish our enemies are natural propensities. By avoiding cannibalism we seek to transcend nature. Refraining from cannibalism isrepparttar 132178 unnatural act.

VIII. The Argument from Progress

It is a circular syllogism involving a tautology and goes like this:

Cannibalism is barbaric. Cannibals are, therefore, barbarians. Progress entailsrepparttar 132179 abolition of this practice.

The premises - both explicit and implicit - are axiomatic and, therefore, shaky. What makes cannibalism barbarian? And why is progress a desirable outcome? There is a prescriptive fallacy involved, as well:

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