Makes all the tidy all messy


I have a right to life.
I am alive therefore I have a right to life.
My right is right. It is my right to my life.
No one should be able to take my right to my life.
My right is right. It is my right to my life.

I also have a right to life.
Except you can take my right away.
My right can be trumped by your right.
One right in a deck of competing rights.
So my right became a Bill of Rights.

We all have a right to life.
We have a Bill of Rights to our right to life.
So who do I pay the bill to for my right to my life?
And who do you pay the bill to for your right to my life?
And do I have rights if I can’t pay the bill at all?

Do I even have a right to death … 
And what does right even mean …
And who defines right (and not right) …
And who has right to my right or not right
And why?

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Prompted by a sad (ongoing) news story:
Charlie Gard: US hospital offers to send experimental drug to UK

And prompted this post from this post –
“Gard against being ill-informed …” Arkenaten

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Prompted by how knowing right from wrong is easy and tidy

(until close-up and personal
living-dying 
makes all the tidy
all messy)

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3 thoughts on “Makes all the tidy all messy

    • Thanks Ark. Part of me wants to avoid commenting. The parents are in a place I wouldn’t wish on anyone. And the other part of me “knows” the media coverage is only a percentage of the whole. Short answer: there are no right (or wrong) answers. But as you highlight – no easy answers either.

      I loved the way you posted.

      • Thanks.
        My family was in a similar situation after one of my brothers was involved in a serious car accident. I can tell you from experience, and knowing my late brother, he would never ever have wanted to have continued in such a state.
        As traumatic as it was at the time, we know we made the right decision; the machines were switched off and he passed away in peace.
        If that kid is in as much pain as they are suggesting … well, I know what my answer would be, without a second thought.

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