Friday, May 27, 2005

The Euthanasia Mentality

It will not be stunning legislation that will legalize euthanasia, it will merely become commonplace. While the instances of euthanasia are more frequent, it is the "I don't want to be a burden" mentality that is spreading like wild-fire.

The contraceptive mentality, which derives from an improper understanding of human sexuality and the vocation of marriage, this euthanasia mentality will be more deadly than it seems at surface value. The contraceptive mentality is a philosophy espoused by many people, and many people have never even heard this term. It means that a person does not recognize the dignity of the conjugal act as an act that must always remain open to procreation. In its lies, this philosophy states that the death of a child is okay for the sake of one's own life, or rather, lifestyle. The euthanasia mentality states that my life ought to end as soon as I lack a certain "quality of life."

This term is ambiguously dangerous! "Quality of life?" The true quality of one's life comes from our intrinsic good in that we are made in the image and likeness of God. Rather, this term is the slogan of choice of the euthanasia mentality and the euthanasia movement.

God's own Son suffered immensely on the cross and died, and he did not need to. He did this because he loves each and every one of us. Through his suffering and death, he sanctified suffering. Those who suffer from bodily, emotional or financial burden are especially close to the Heart of Jesus. These sufferings are united.

The sufferings of others also serve as a witness to those who are not suffering. We see in the sick an opportunity to provide care and service. We see in the poor an opportunity to give them the material needs they have. We see in the depressed the opportunity to bring love, hope and friendship. This creates a world free of selfishness, greed and hate, a world full of selfless giving and love.

When I was a child, my dad owned a business next door to Holy Angels, a home for children and adults with severe mental and physical handicaps. Our family volunteered there regularly. In my early teen years spent my summers volunteering at the Hospital. When I was a teenager, my grandparents moved into our home where my mother was their 24/7 caregiver. These examples of selfless love have taught me the true value of human life.

Please read the weekly briefing from the Population Research Institute.

1 comment:

  1. Good grief, you done been postin' lots ... much more than I, anyway.