Scars We Carry

This morning, driving to work, I overheard Trent Franks, Republican representative from Arizona, giving a speech described by NPR as impassioned and eloquent, on behalf of the parents of Terri Schiavo. Franks, whose speech can be heard here, said the following:

“Mr. Speaker, Terri Schiavo represents the mortality and helplessness of us all as human beings, and whether we realize it or not, we are at this moment lying down beside her, listening for that song of hope, and if we as a nation subject her to the torture and agony of starving and thirsting to death, while her brother, her mother and her father are forced to watch, we will scar our own souls.”

And I wondered, at what apparently does not scar our souls, and it’s a dark and frightening place, this, where people can say things like Representative Franks said, with such passion and love in their voices, and not be struck silent with the sheer force of their own crimes against truth.