It is common to parody accountants as tightly wrapped number-crunchers oriented more toward dollars than human emotions, religious beliefs, moral debates and political controversies.

Among the Babel of commentators seeking a pulpit during the recent national controversy surrounding the Terri Schiavo case, the voices of accountants were conspicuously absent. But there are ramifications from the intense public focus on the Schiavo story that provide a positive opportunity for accountants and financial experts to issue a powerful wake-up call to us all.

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