As I See It: Life and death in 2014
One of the primary reasons for our legal system that includes lawmakers, judges and lawyers is that we human beings cannot control our passions and live in peace and harmony with one another.
Theologians long ago were probably the first to espouse the concept of “natural law” that was part of human nature, recognizing that certain things and actions were acceptable and others were not. A number of notable philosophers also advanced this concept.
Natural law as codified in the Ten Commandments was essentially much of the basis for our Declaration of Independence, the Constitution and the Bill of Rights. Our founding fathers believed deeply in natural law, the Ten Commandments and the morality that flows from both as the underpinnings of society and our laws.
Unfortunately, as Western European thought and our own country progressed, too many people felt constrained by this and advanced philosophies of enlightenment and progressivism as better alternatives.
And thus we are now witnessing the fruits of a legal system that is becoming more aligned with emotionalism, relativism and practicality. The concept of an absolute truth and morality has been laid aside for the convenience of people or to assuage their feelings of inadequacy or not belonging to the mainstream.
This is how we got to the situation we have today where the deliberate ending of a human life becomes an issue of privacy and not a logical extension of “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.”
When Roe v. Wade was first adjudicated in 1973, the technology did not exist to show the full development of the human in the womb. Now that this technology exists — providing irrefutable evidence that the baby in the womb is fully human and can express itself, can feel pain, can be uncomfortable — many otherwise logical people stick their fingers in their ears and yell, “La, la, la, la, la,” and “right to choose,” at the top of their lungs.
Human life truly begins at conception and all that we do outside of natural methods of conception is boldly going where no human should go.
If you think about it, laws that are primarily based on the factors I cited — emotionalism, relativism and practicality — can eventually be used to justify any type of behavior and actions.
If you examine the philosophies that preceded the rise of National Socialism in Germany, Stalin’s rule, genocide in Africa and other parts of the world and many other governmental excesses, you will find similar evil roots. Even the Affordable Care Act will eventually ration healthcare based on a person’s “value” (age, basic health and other factors).
That’s a product of relativism, in case you can’t figure it out.
It often takes decades to execute a criminal who likely committed a heinous crime, while there is no one representing the baby in the womb. It’s just a choice … a horrible choice.
I believe with every fiber of my being that if we can’t figure out how to value life from natural conception to natural death we will eventually find our way down the paths that only science fiction writers have imagined. We have legalized abortion and we’re well on the way to accepting assisted suicide in the guise of compassion and mercy.
Eventually the end points always move toward the middle. Are you ready for that?
Well, that’s the way I see it.