God's Will / Terri's Legacy
Whether you want to say that something is God's will, or want to say that everything happens for a reason, or you want to call it karma, many people believe that there are no coincidences. Something negative that happens today may have a positive effect on your life or someone else's life later.
So what is Terri's legacy? I believe it is to make a whole generation of Americans think about these important life/death issues. A side benefit of this is that it is currently employing many lawyers to draft living wills.
Allow me to share with you an email exchange I had with my father this afternoon. Maybe it was "God's will" to have Terri perish at this time. I know that many people must be having conversations like this right now with their loved ones. That is a good thing, in my opinion.
> On Tue, 29 Mar 2005 15:29:22 -0600, Mr Jeremy wrote:
> > I have an appointment on 4/11 to draw up a Will and Living Will.
> > I want to name you as Executor of my estate - would that be all
> > right with you?
> > OldMan
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Ron Jeremy
> Sent: Tuesday, March 29, 2005 3:33 PM
> Subject: Re: Legal stuff
> Sure. Just send me a copy of the documents, and anything you need me
> to sign. Do you want to sit down and go over your specific wishes with
> -the boy
>On Tue, 29 Mar 2005 15:39:35 -0600, Mr. Jeremy wrote:
> I have to think about what I want first - it won't be complicated. Once
> I see the attorney I'll let you know more. Just so YOU know in case
> something happens before April 11, I do not want to be kept alive by
> artificial means (mechanical ventilation), BUT I do want to be fed, even
> if it's with a tube - please don't let anyone ever starve me to death!
From: Ron Jeremy
Date: Tue, 29 Mar 2005 16:46:48 -0500
Subject: Re: Legal stuff
No problem. You can feel free to starve me to death, if I've been that
way for more than 6 months, and more than five doctors have given
their independent assessment that I will never recover. Of course, I'd
rather be put down more humanely, like a dog or convict would be
treated. So, if you can somehow sneak me a lethal dose of morphine,
that would be preferable to starvation. Still, I'd take starvation
over living as a vegetable for the rest of my 'life'.
Rest assured, though, I would do EXACTLY what it is that you want done.