It’s a frightfully tragic thing that, say, in the case of Madeleine McCann, there has been publicity, promotion – and even government intervention and assistance. But, in the UK alone, there are THOUSANDS of missing children.
No one is particularly “interested” in them. The press never mention them. They get no power, money or influence. They are forgotten, unknown, except by their grieving parents and relatives.
I am now totally fed up with the Charlie Gard baby situation. The Pope has intervened. Trump is “helping”. There are protests, publicity, money and new efforts to torture Charlie with modern experimental treatment abroad.
I find it positively repulsive.
What the hell are we doing? What feelings have been inflamed – are constantly being inflamed – that Charlie has a “right” to life and his parents have a “right” to keep him alive?
Is this even virtuous?
What about the hundreds, if not thousands of Charlie Gards, being kept alive by machines in hospitals in the UK? What about the quiet, distraught parents courageously struggling on, eventually facing the same situation – the removal of life support from their own child?
The anguish and pain of THAT situation is taken with fortitude – understated.
No one is particularly “interested” in all the other Charlie Gards. The press never mention them. They get no power, money or influence. Their stories are never pushed out into social media. They are forgotten, unknown, except by their courageous parents and relatives.
Do I think it’s wrong that one Charlie Gard or one Madeleine McCann gets more attention than all the others? On some level I must, otherwise I wouldn’t feel so strongly to be writing this post.
But the GREAT wrong to me, is that our modern culture cannot accept that death is the healing of an unacceptable state of life.