The book Ghost Boy raises many questions about the deepest aspects of being human:
What is the soul?
What is the body?
What is the dignity of a person, and does every person have this no matter how weak or injured?
Was Martin a potential person when he was locked-in, or was he an actual, real person? How about when he was in a coma, before he was aware and locked-in?
What are the proper and ethical ways to treat people?
How important is family? How important are human relationships?
Is there a God? How important is God or the question of God?
What do you think about the two chapters that describe the abuse Martin endured?
What does this book have to say about health care?
For this assignment, you’ll write a reflective essay in which you consider specific parts of the book and connect them to one or more of the above questions. First, choose a few passages from the book that struck you. Then, to write your reflection paper, do the following:
Explain your thoughts at least two (or more) of the philosophical questions above, and write on them. Here are 2 overriding themes that may help you:
how you think the passages relate to the meaning of being a human person
how the passages you chose, and your thoughts, relate to the ethics of practicing as a nurse.