2012.12.26 Mary Gautz: Society has devalued life

Written by David Green.

Very thoughtful perspectives in your editorial about the state of violence in our culture.  These are frightening and confusing times. Not easily explained or understood. Clearly, no one factor is to blame.  There are so many ingredients in this mess.  

I would add another that I believe bears some weight, in this thought provoking discussion.  That is how the abortion culture has impacted this society. How we have slowly and progressively devalued life. Starting with life in the womb. Abortion is mean, secretive, violent and destroys life. We have tried to pretend that it isn’t the same thing, but we were fooling ourselves. We hide it behind the word "choice", but abortion tells us that if you have a problem you can kill it.  

As a society, we try to fool ourselves at the end of life too. If we don’t see our own worth, if we not producing, if we are burdening others or suffering, we pretend that it’s okay (even noble) to kill ourselves. An act of murder on our own person. We pretend that it’s our right to live or die, or kill our unborn children, at whim. This notion is soaking into our cultural psyche, as surely as all those other factors that are so terrifying.  

May we open our eyes to the preciousness or life, the sanctity of life, the holiness of life, the beauty of life. In all its forms. And may those who are strong enough to protect others, use their voice, strength and resources to reaffirm LIFE and compassion. And May God have mercy!  

– Mary M Gautz

Oak Street, Morenci

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    Crossing over—Jim Heiney was given a U.S. flag to carry by George Vereecke (behind Jim in the hat), turning him into the leader of the parade. Bridge Walk participants cross over Bean Creek while, in the background, members of the Morenci Legion Riders cross the main traffic bridge on East Street South. Additional photos appear on the back page of this week’s Observer.
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