Why is there a huge different between living a
good life and living the good life?
The former means living a healthy
and morally sound life and the latter quite the contrary. Funny how a
small shift in language changes everything. There are continual debates
in our society about what is good and what’s not. Actually, the critical
debates occur over what is paramount in our society, for instance in
today’s green movement, we see a lot of people asking us to do a
lot of things to help out planet earth and we see a lot of people taking
money for causes related to that, but we don’t see any improvements to the environment,
just more and more consumption along with further and further debates. While
pondering these issues I ask myself why do we discuss these issues so
fervently, what is the most important thing that we are trying to protect?
The answer lies within life itself.
Actually the answer is life period. The only
reason why we should care for our environment is because it sustains our
lives (along with a plethora of other species). Life is what is
important, the good things in life are subordinate to life itself.
Choice is good, but without life
there is no choice. Freedom is good, but only because it allows us to
enjoy our lives. Charity is good, because it helps others to live their
lives (well). A clean environment is nice, but only because it enables
us to live healthily. It’s all about life; life and living are paramount over
everything. The only institution that I see fervently hammering this point,
is the Catholic Church. While people fight for the right for choice and
the freedom—to usually impose their will and actions at the expense of
others, the church fights for the right to life.
She tells us that life is paramount
over choosing abortion and euthanasia. She tells us that the family is
the building block of our society and the best (but not perfect) foundation
Did we choose to be born? I know I
didn't. You and I didn’t choose to be alive, someone or something, whatever
you want to call it, genetics, fate, luck, science or God gave you life.
Someone gave you that gift and it is a gift that without, all other
rights wouldn’t exist. We manipulate words to justify abusing the most
fundamental right of all.
Take these sentences and compare.
“I’ve been given the gift of life
so I choose the fight for the right to life for all.”
“It’s my life, so I can
choose whether or not my unborn baby or my old and
disabled parent gets to live.”
I am sorry to sound drastic or
harsh. However, the first sentence is selfless and the second is possessive and selfish.
It’s my baby, my life, my right! Mine, mine, mine!!! The only reason why
one would even be able to have the ability to have the second statement
as an opinion is because someone or a group of people had the belief of
the first statement and gave us a chance to live our own lives (and make
our own decisions). Of course
personal freedom and choice are critical, but not when they interfere
with the personal freedom and choice of others directly or unnaturally. We are all in
this together, we didn't choose to be alive, and we’ve all been given the gift of life, so we should
all be fervently trying to enable ourselves and others a chance to have life,
to live life
and live a good life. The world is filled with beautiful
treasures, gifts and mysteries. So even living the good life is
okay too, as long as we don’t become our own gods and think that it is
our right to do whatever we want at the expense of others. Some people
say that only healthy people should mate? What is this rhetoric? That’s
what tyrants do. They impose their selfish will onto others and they
decide who gets to live or die. Are many of us becoming mini-tyrants
choosing who ought to live or die?
Everyone is special and important.
The book of
Jeremiah 1:5 written almost 500 B.C. illustrates this beautifully…
"Before I formed you in the womb I knew
you, before you were born I set you apart…”
Wow! That’s powerful stuff. God is
telling the prophet Jeremiah that he specifically creates life for us as
individuals to live. We should never try to take that away from anyone.
Thank God for modern science which
actually proves that fetus' are alive and human. With ultrasound
technology and thermal imaging and advanced camera technology we now have we can see without a
shadow of a doubt just how alive (and human) a fetus really is. It’s
ridiculous how old proponents of pro-choice used the argument that a
fetus isn’t a person yet! Ridiculous, did anyone really believe that? We
were all fetus' in our mother's wombs. We know that
tadpoles become frogs and caterpillars become butterflies, so does that
mean that tadpoles and caterpillars are not worth keeping alive, because
they are a more elementary form of specie? It’s just ludicrous the
justifications we conjure up to behave inconsiderately.
Hands down the best part
of life is being alive! We need to keep this in the for-front of our
minds. We need to protect all forms of life at all costs. Even at the
expense of our freedom and choice, because life is the only thing itself
that makes it all worth while. So smile…
because life is good!!
week old fetus smiling!