This is the first in what will become a series of commentaries that will deal with a wide variety of issues drawn from current events or other areas. All of these entries will be titled As I See It. These commentaries are my attempt to engage the culture. The world needs Warriors who are willing to battle the forces that seek to reduce people to a commodity. What the world desperately needs if for a majority to live out the Golden Rule, to Do Unto Others as You Would Have Others Do Unto You. Warriorworlddad
The latest stellar example of considering people a mere commodity occurred in Canada. It centers around a letter left on the porch of a neighbor whose son is mentally disabled. The letter urges the parent of the disabled teenager to kill him and harvest his organs. The letter writer is apparently clairvoyant as they predict the future life of the child and pronounce them a burden on society. Furthermore he is a nuisance because of the sounds he makes that disturb the letter writer and apparently frighten the letter writer’s children.
Full confession, I have a dog in this fight. I am the parent of four children who have some measure of a disability. Their disability is not so profound that they will be unable to function in society, unless society sets the bar so high that it becomes impossible for them to measure up.
That is the bottom line in the story that has gone viral. Some have called for the torture and death of the letter writer. That would also be murder and just as wrong as the letter writer’s desires. I have not read any comments supporting the letter writer but I’ll would bet there is more than few out there.
The inscription on the Statue of Liberty reads;
“Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed to me,
I lift my lamp beside the golden door!”
Sounds encouraging and awe inspiring, yet the reality is that over 55 Million babies have been aborted since Roe vs. Wade. Many of these abortions were because the pregnancy was unplanned (in other words a nuisance).
There are proponents in the Ivory Towers of Academia and in parts of the government who wish to extend abortion to the 36th month after birth. Birth parents get a trial period to decide if the child is a benefit or a nuisance. But it gets better. Under the Complete Lives concept of Healthcare delivery, access to healthcare is dependent on your contribution to society. This is nothing new, it comes from the 19th Century Fabian Society and the Eugenics movement championed by Planned Parenthood’s founder Margaret Sanger.
Under this infernal scheme the government will determine if you are an asset or a liability to society. Liabilities will be offered a merciful (sic) solution.
Anyone can be a liability, just set the bar high enough that failure is guaranteed.
The stark truth is the war between the Culture of Life and the Culture of Death is growing more intense. Self centered attitudes are nothing new, but Social Media allows even the most sick ideas to find adherents. The destruction of the family worldwide and the isolating results of our technological advances causes people to lose their connections and their concerns for others.
It is entirely possible that the child in question is a disturbance to the neighbor. I worked 34 years in an Institution for the Disabled and I will admit that many of the patients were very difficult to deal with. But to advocate for the killing and harvesting of the organs is beyond the pale. Such a statement must be countered with the strongest rebuke.
The strongest reply is to illuminate the logical conclusion to the Complete Lives Program, that all of us will eventually become a nuisance. Our last contribution to society will be our harvested organs. This could happen at a very advanced age or anytime we make stupid statements that go viral and cause the Powers That Be embarrassment.
There is a price to living the Golden Rule, sometimes a difficult painful price. If however selfish, me-centered attitudes are allowed to fester and multiply the cost to all of us may be an arm, a leg or a heart.