The Royal Spanish Academy defines “prejudice” as “an early and persistent opinion, generally unfavorable, about something little known”. If it has to do with ignorance, it should also have a solution, so be reversible. That’s what journalists like to think: that information can help build a better society. Twitter showed this Thursday that the definition of the RAE is not complete. There is a kind of prejudice that is more tenacious than any data or argument. There are those who choose to live in the dark and groups that are trained to draw as many into the dark as possible.
It is no coincidence that Jesús Medina, doctor in Leganés (Madrid), graduated A morning of white light the first-person account of his first euthanasia. His testimony in EL PAÍS clarifies a complex issue, which did not prevent his debate in Congress from being frivolous to the point of shame: “Murder is legalized because it is more convenient and cheaper. The state wants the weakest to die. It’s the destruction of our culture that has Christian roots,” Vox said.
The courage of Dr. Medina, sharing his experience with an 86-year-old patient with end-stage colon cancer, had the reward that information sometimes offers – empathy – on social networks, that great public square, but it also made him the target of The closure
There were tweeters who spread her story by choosing different phrases from the text: “The sedation starts and she doesn’t lose her smile. Her granddaughters tell her everything they love and she says goodbye and wishes us all happiness” (@juanmanuelreina). “In the room you can already hear kisses, broken wishes, thanks, a bit of sobbing and the last very big hugs” (@ribasadri). “A spirit of peace, dignity, respect for life and the process of dying is in the air” (@vbaosv).
“A spirit of peace, dignity, respect for life and the process of dying is in the air…”
– Vicente Baos 🇪🇺🇪🇸 (@vbaosv) June 23, 2022
There were those who used their Twitter accounts to send Dr. To thank Medina and those who, like him, have helped those suffering extreme and irreversible suffering to die: “This story. What euthanasia was bound to bring: dignity, peace, love. Thank you to all the health workers who make this possible and to those who fought to make it happen” (@lauralruiz). “Thinking. Thanks to EL PAÍS and Dr. Medina for this document” (@vicenmora). “I wish they had legalized euthanasia much earlier and my grandmother hadn’t suffered so and neither did we as a family” (@leilaand). ” “A beautiful and moving story. Its brevity and simplicity take us by the hand of the emotions of this moment. It’s worth reading” (@jorgeinsunza).
And there were also those who preferred not to understand anything, downloading vulgarity and insults from their Twitter account: “Sorry for the death. The unfortunate newspaper of the morning” (@PedroPrezJuri). “She was full of life. Assassin” (@SubTutelaDei). “I am very grateful to EL PAÍS for the help they are giving me with my bikini surgery and diet for the summer. I’m still throwing up and can’t get past the intro” (@drapocalipsis). “Jesús Medina, I don’t know you, but God keep me from crossing your paths, you filthy butcher” (@bernardodlpaz).
By the way, God was present for this doctor: “I have to prepare myself this morning inside and out […] I pray and share my feelings with my loved ones. I go back to pray late when no one is home…”. But in the minds of those who maintain that kind of prejudice, the class that destroys empathy, it’s impossible to believe that a believing doctor could help an elderly woman with terminal cancer die with dignity and surrounded by love. The light does not enter there and never will.