Terri Schiavo

"Whenever the people are well-informed, they can be trusted with their own government."

Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826)

We’ve all been watching the tragic and pathetic course of events surrounding the Terri Schiavo affair play out for what seems like months now.

Let’s hope that Terri Schiavo peacefully passes this weekend so we won’t have to hear any more about her parents insane attempts to keep this poor woman "alive" –  if that is what you can call it.

These sort of spectacles seem to be evidence that we’re entering another "Dark Age" where sound science, objective reasoning, and reality based decisions are substituted for uninformed, ignorant, unilateral, faith based decisions often aligned with somebody’s twisted political agenda.

It’s depressing to see  how easy it is for a few of our sleazier politicians to get so many stunningly stupid people whipped up into a frenzy over issues about which that they are appear to be completely clueless.

Unfortunately, the Terri Schiavo incident is only an indicator of how we are dealing with many of today’s major issues.

It’s a sad reality of humankind that one of the most effective tools of absolute power by any ruling class, is the persistent maintenance of ignorance and unawareness throughout the class that is
being governed.

We are going to be the architects of our own downfall if we continue on this trajectory.

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