"Terry Schiavo Dies but Feud Continues," goes the headline. Same old same old. As the little old lady in "Airplane!" says, "It's a shame you two don't get 'long." Believer or not, it's all in the Holy Bible, from Cain and Abel on down. We are all Cains and Abels now.
Even as the bloggers who've taken sides in the all-too-public private agony of this unhappy extended family continue to post -- some with heart-felt messages of condolence to the suffering parties, others with unseemly "de-linking" orgies -- John Paul's worsening condition takes center stage.
The moving finger writes: and having writ, moves on. The entire episode exposed previously unnoticed faults in the political landscape within both sides of the aisle. In that sense it revealed we are not just a nation of blue-staters and red-staters. There are a lot of shades of purple out there among right-to-lifers, right-to-die-ers and everyone in between. Let us take our lead from Terri Schiavo's brother -- live now in a family press conference -- asking for all to forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us. Let us bow our heads in humility at the terrible forces of nature -- and of God for those who believe -- and hold our tongues for at least one news cycle to honor the dead. May she rest in peace.