Wednesday, October 05, 2005

The Right to Live in a World Where Not Everything Goes

The Right to Die - New York Times: "Oregonians voted in favor of the Death With Dignity Act in 1994, and three years later they voted against repeal. The Oregon law allows terminally ill people who are likely to die within six months to receive drugs to end their lives. When John Ashcroft, a longtime opponent of assisted suicide, became attorney general in 2001, he issued an edict that doctors who prescribe drugs that are used to commit suicide can be prosecuted under the federal Controlled Substances Act. The state of Oregon and a group of terminally ill patients challenged this Ashcroft directive and won."

"Opponents of assisted suicide have never been able to persuade Congress to outlaw assisted suicide directly. In the absence of a Congressional law, Mr. Ashcroft had no authority to interfere with the decision of Oregon's voters."

It is happening before our eyes. As the difference between right and wrong is no longer a matter of ethical principle but of political consensus and majority vote, 'Thou shall do no murder' is dropped to the trash can of religious opinion.

There are worst evils than temporal pain.
There is no mercy in terminating life to avoid temporal suffering. Life is more than avoiding suffering. True mercy comes from him who willingly suffered pain upon the cross. And, paradoxically pain may draw us nearer to him, as so many mystics and saints often told us, especially as we become aware of the truth of our mortality in that precious time nearing our death. But that is a truth drowned with pain killers, hidden from the eyes of our hedonistic and narcisitic society.

He said: come unto me all ye that travail and are heavy laden. I will give you rest. In the world you will suffer affliction but trust me I have conquered the world.
In Oregon the law says it is ok for me to kill you, or help you kill yourself, if I am a Dr. and perceive that your burden is to heavy for you to carry or for me to contemplate. Whose word will you trust?

This is just the beginning of the tyranny of political correctness. And we wonder why Americans are so comfortable waging an inmoral war of aggression. The reason is simple, from Democrats to Republicans there is no real moral compass, but only economic interest and power.

When there is no difference between truth and falsehood but personal interest and majority vote, it is just a matter of time for us to find ourselves living in a world where anything goes.

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