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Jack Sisson's Life Ethics Blog
We must find new ways through many ethical issues, especially regarding bioethics, medical ethics, and criminal justice. Jack Sisson's 'Life Ethics' blog focuses on numerous areas of concern, including the philosophical and ethical dilemmas surrounding stem-cell research, abortion, medical research, and health care.
Wednesday, July 06, 2005
The Facts of Life
We spend a lot of time discussing what might be and what might not be in this blog. We give ammo to each other on a daily basis and take our fair share of shots at the opposing side. This entry will discuss fact and fact alone. And not the disputable-type-fact that drips off the screen in every other comment and entry.
Fact: Within the month my uncle will be dead. I say this not to evoke pity or sympathy--only as a fact. He has inoperable brain cancer. It came out of nowhere and he went from a productive 60 year old computer engineer to a shell of a man incapable of basic functions; he no longer understands how to put his pants on.
Fact: Stem Cell Research will do nothing. Like many people facing death at this point in our technological evolution, there is nothing that modern science can do except make his last days peaceful. The people that work at Hospice are amazing. Rather than desperately trying to find radical cures they address the reality of things: that a loved one will die and that you better, by God, make however long the last days are good. Real good.
Fact: There is nothing wrong with dying. Just as lightining strikes turn a forest into hills of ash, as another sect of living organisms we too must perish to make room for new life. For those fortunate enough to be alive now, it is our duty to live life and not merely go through the motions of it. There is no reason to fear something that you have 0% control over. You can only control what you can control.
Fact: There is only now. Go hug your kids. Pet your dog and tell her she's a good dog. Although a slow, debilitating death is horrific you can still (in some cases) say good-bye. Death will come so rather than fighting it, let go of all the crap that drowns you on a daily basis. Be proud that when your time comes, you have lived a good life and not desperate for a second chance to repent your former ways.
Keep an open mind. You never know when it will be you.
Roe v. Wade
Stem Cell Fight!
Bush the hypocrite
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