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...and he (Simon Peter) saw the linen wrappings lying there, and the face-cloth ... not lying with the linen wrappings, but rolled up in a place by itself. - Jn 20: 6-7
-Jn 20: 6-7

Thursday, May 26, 2011

When the “True Compassion” Bough Breaks, Society’s Confidence Does Fall

NARAL and Planned Parenthood make their daily bread off of society’s fear. They have convinced many that deprivation of abortion services is some sort of attack on women’s health, if not public health in general. What’s more they’re working very hard to persuade us that pro-life groups want to wage a “war on women,” on healthcare, and especially on the poor.

But this so-called "war" is ideology based, not gender based, and it owes its existence to great extent to the fallen limb of faulty evangelization: a doctrine of “false compassion” that sacrificed the truth in the name of political correctness and told America that it’s okay to kill the unborn for the sake of some materialistic notion of the common good. In doing so it ended up eliminating the entire basis for what the common good actually is: it destroyed our sense for the value of every human life as integral and necessary to that society.

By extension, it has severely altered our confidence and assuredness of our own self worth for the negative.

And so, of course people are going to “choose” abortion, “choose” to get rid of “the problem” because their sense of their own humanity has been violated by a cultural ethos which is downright hostile to any mention of the sanctity of human life. Human beings are commodities now, whose worth is assigned, and so it isn’t a far stretch to see how, in the profiteering world of an abortion provider, an aborted person is just another means to a financial ends, much like a living person.

My question for NARAL and PP is this: now that we base worthiness-to-live solely upon the happenstance that we are “valued” or “wanted” or a “choice”, then are we less worthy of life when we make mistakes, when we fail, or when we are betrayed? Do those inevitable life tragedies now make us superfluous commodities that society can discard? There are, after all so many more highly “valuable” and desirable people out there.

Of course not. We are not always going to be productive, or do the right thing, or be regarded highly by our peers, but this should never be equated one’s intrinsic worth.

But for NARAL and Planned Parenthood, it is. And they sell their dehumanizing ideology to a society whose notions of the inherent dignity of the human person have all but been eliminated, both by them and the “false compassion” movement which says “do whatever is culturally acceptable at the moment,” whether it hurts you or the culture you live in.

And yet if you talk to anyone, and I do mean anyone, they will agree that, at least, they consider themselves and their life to be important. Fancy that. People instinctively confident, or at least possessing some sense that their own life has value. A little more of that mixed in with the generosity to allow someone else to feel their own God given self worth one day is just what our culture needs (and, by the way, that's true compassion).

1 comment:

  1. As you know, I dearly appreciate hearing your voice and perspective on these issues and find you and your beliefs highly valuable! Thank you for your insightful and beautifully written post. ~Melissa