What is lost in our world by striking a Terri Schiavo from the rolls of the living?
The loss is incalculable.
1) A person who is the object of love and compassion increases the presence of those elements in the world.
2) That person also offers an opportunity for many individuals, whether family members or caregivers, to express real acts of giving and kindness.
3) A person who suffers, in addition to purifying their own soul, brings forgiveness to humanity (according to both Judaism and Christianity). [Although in neither religion is this a reason to force a person to extend life; it is a spiritual consideration that is not factored into the practical medical decision.]
4) In Jewish theology, the world is measured every day and God's treatment of it is based on a mathematical/metaphysical calculus that is determined by the NUMBER of good people and the NUMBER of bad people at any given time. One good person can bring much blessing to the world merely by BEING.