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Thursday, March 31, 2005

More food for thought on the Terri Shiavo case.

I found this discussion of the lengths to which Terri Schiavo's parents were prepared to go a bit troublesome.

For a long time, I have thought there was a very important insight in Peter Singer's book Rethinking Life and Death as to why, sometimes, it makes sense to prolong the life of a person who cannot have any awareness of her life (and so, can experience neither pleasure nor pain from having the life prolonged), and sometimes, it does not. The key issue, which most people lose sight of in these debates, is that people are not fully compartmentalized entities -- what makes our lives valuable includes our relations to other people. We exist within social webs. And the other people in our social webs can make our lives better even in cases where they may not have self-awareness and so, may not be getting much value out of their own lives. (It's possible I'm putting this insight into Singer's mouth -- in my quick flip through the book after the last time I read it, I haven't located a killer quote that captures this insight. But I know I became aware of this insight when reading his book, and if it's my insight, Peter Singer brought me to it.) Thus, it is not the case (as is sometimes claimed) that Singer argues that the lives of the severely incapacitated or the very young are without value. It's just that the value of their lives seems to have quite a lot to do with our relationships to these individuals.

But along come Terri Schiavo's parents. According to the report of Terri's Guardian Ad Litem, Jay Wolfson, court testimony in 2000 established that

despite the sad and undesirable condition of Theresa, the parents still derived joy from having her alive, even if Theresa might not be at all aware of her environment given the persistent vegetative state. Within the testimony, as part of the hypotheticals presented, Schindler family members stated that even if Theresa had told them of her intention to have artificial nutrition withdrawn, they would not do it.

The relationships in this particular social web scare me. Arguably, the parents found value in maintaining Terri's life. They admitted that this was value coming to them, not necessarily to their daughter. But, in nearly the same breath, they indicate a certain kind of disregard for their daughter's wishes and interests. In some sense, they were arguing to maintain a social relationship (by maintaining the life of their daughter) even if it were the case that Terri herself would choose, if she could, to opt out of this relationship. "Parasitic" may be too strong a word to describe the psychological state of the parents here, but ... do the words, "Mom and Dad, stop trying to live my life!" mean anything here?
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