Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Altruistic or Evil?

As a mother of a child who has suffered, and will face many challenges, I am sickened by this. I could go on and on about the social implications of the attitude, that those who are different or suffer should be snuffed out...It opens a scary Pandora's box. Mercy killings all 'round then.

"Life is pain, Highness. Anyone who tell you otherwise is selling something."- The Man in Black
But life is also joy. And my family, including my "unfortunate" son, experience joy on a daily basis.

Is what motivates us love or  subconcious selfishness?

So, Virginia Ironside...You must have suffered through life with those social skills. Do you wish your mother had "lovingly" smothered you with a pillow as you slept?
Ok, that was snarky and I apologize. I'm sure she's not as horrible as she sounds-- in fact, she seems sincere, but also completely unqualified to make this statement. Until you have loved a child who has suffered, I'm not sure you should say anything like this.
 Of course nobody likes to see suffering and we wish it could end...but the inference that a "good mom" would kill her child rather than care for and suffer with the child, is a bit twisted. We're not talking about shooting a horse with a bum leg here (though that seems rather severe to me also).

Can.Of. Worms.

If anyone with a "smother pillow" even gets near this sleeping angel,  the wrath of this "good mom" will  swoop down on you like a Jo Storm.

Enough said.

What do you all think?


Candyland said...


Kristi said...

First of all...what a precious little tot you have!!! ;-)

AND second of all - I'M WITH YOU TOO!

I think most of us mothers are. I get chills thinking about it.

Terri said...

Killers belong in jail. She's a menace to society, unlike our angel boy Jack-Jack. How dare she...I'm sure I can find imperfections in her and on her, particularly in her attitude about the sanctity of life.


Anonymous said...

Wow. I'm totally speechless. It's comments made under the guise of rational thinking, like hers, that help me understand major tragedies in our world's history. Evil, close-minded thinking.

welcome to my world of poetry said...

I read your post with tears in my eyes.
I too am with you.

Take care,

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

In most countries that's called murder - plain and simple.

Saxton said...

The looks of shock on the faces of those present say it all. I think my look of shock as I watched matched theirs. It is literally flabbergasting to see a woman talk about murdering her own child. Maybe the police should look into her past - I wonder if any of her kids died "in their sleep."

Shauna said...

Didn't they start people down this slippery slope in WW2? For some it was calculated, for others it started out a "humane" idea. Either way, it's calling evil good and good evil.

Lois D. Brown said...

What a self-righteous, horribly confused person. I'm speechless and empty after watching this. I'll swoop down and join your Jo Storm any time!

Write Chick said...

Does this woman understand love? Does she even get the fact that your whole soul, every fiber of your being, loves your child. That when your child dies a part of your whole soul dies with it? I wonder if she is capable of truly loving something. I guess in her eyes that is her form of love, but in my eyes, there is always a chance for things to get better, and there is ALWAYS a lesson we learn in that suffering.

Blegh...should't have watched this right before bed. I'll join your Jo Storm as well.

Melanie said...

The boys were reading, and watching over my shoulder as I viewed this. "What a horrible woman! She is twisted!" was the exclamation. (Virgina, not you Jo:-)) I still sit here speechless while the boys are planning how to "kick her in the pants if she tries to come near any children."

Virginas' language is important. She said something like, "It is just getting rid of a group of cells." When we start to devalue human life at any stage or condition, we start a slippery slope to horror. The Africans seen as "animals", "primitive",... terminology to justify slavery. Jews seen as "parasites" to justify rounding them up into camps and killing them. As long as we think of "us" and "them", the seeds are planted for abuse. I understand this conversation started in the context of an abortion discussion. The term "fetus" is used to separate that this is a human life, yet "fetus" is latin for "unborn child". How the discussion could change if spoke as "unborn child" vs. "a group of cells".
Keep churning your JoStorm, beautiful woman!

Kathleen and Stephan Seable said...

My heart goes out to those who have the stress of caring for a child with chronic problems and suffering. I understand that if we do not have enough faith in a loving Heavenly Father we would want to take things into our own hands and do what we think is humane. But, as was mentioned, when we play god, because we are not all good and all knowing, that illicit use of power over life and death can take us down dark roads. Only the Lord has the authority to tell us when we are allowed to send someone out of this sphere of existence (i.e. "he that killeth any man shall surely be put to death") As was emphasized so many times in this past Conference, we need to cultivate a deep and abiding love of and trust in the Lord in order to weather tribulations in whatever form they come. We can ask God to shorten the life of someone who suffers, and on many occasions he has. In the cases where He does not, we need to trust his judgment and purposes and pray for emotional, physical and spiritual strength from Him. We can also be blessed with peace of mind and a grateful heart. Or, in our pride and lack of faith, we can curse god and die spiritually. The choice is ours.

Mark and Kiss said...

Shocking! That's all there is too it. That is not compassion, it is mental illness. Wow.

Roland D. Yeomans said...

What about Stephen Hawkins? Should someone have "cared" for him with a smother pillow?

Life is precious just because it is so fragile. Should someone have done a kindness to Helen Keller with mercy killing?

None of us should step into the role of God -- we don't have the job qualifications.

I remember being appauled when an American scientist was confronted with the atrosities done by the Nazis in their experimentation on humans. A reporter decried the work as not being science.

The scientist looked puzzled. "Of course it was science. They were carefully followed experiments. They were against the laws of Man, of course, but they were science."

j tobar coffaro said...

Very well said. I work at a children's hospital and could not think that any one of our families would want to do this to their child. All they want is to hold, love, and kiss their child for one more day, month or year.

Anonymous said...

I can't believe there are people like this out there. Th women made me want to throat vomit.

Patricia Stoltey said...

I was so shocked when I first saw this clip a week or so ago that I had to watch it a second time to make sure I'd heard the woman right. I hope there aren't many more people like her lurking about.