If you knew a woman who was pregnant and she had 8 kids already...of which 3 of them were deaf, 2 were blind and 1 was mentally retarded....and she had syphilis, would you recommend that she should have an abortion?
If you answered "yes", then, you would have killed Beethoven.
[BAYI's Email dated 13 Nov 2005, 8:00 am]
I love Beethoven's music. How can I forget it? My Dad used to play Beethoven's Sonata in C sharp minor op. 27 no. 2 (popularly known as the Moonlight Sonata) when I was a small kid. My Mama even told me that even when she was pregnant with me, my Dad would frequently encourage her to listen to Beethoven's music while having her siestas. This was long, long before the hype of the Mozart Effect. Whether it worked or not is debatable, but I can assure you that among the classical music masters, I'm a bit partial to Mr. Ludwig B.
Bayi's email is an obvious attempt to encourage a pro-life choice against those who wantonly abort babies at the first sign of trouble, be it medical or any other personal reason. Rather than discuss the merits and demerits of abortion --- which I think you're already very familiar with --- I believe you would find it more interesting to have a look at a compendium of Beethoven's medical history.
'Truly a remarkable man. He played the piano with gusto and passion even if he was deaf, and suffering from "long-term hepatitis."