July 12, 2017

Lawrence P. Grayson, visiting scholar, philosophy, published commentary in Our Sunday Visitor on society’s disregard for life.

In Deuteronomy 30:19 it is written: “Today I have given you the choice between life and death, between blessings and curses. Now I call on heaven and earth to witness the choice you make.” In the past century many societies and innumerable individuals have pursued death rather than life. While history has been marked by significant human losses due to disease, plagues, famine and natural disasters, a preponderance of the deaths in the last century have been premeditated, of epic proportions and largely the product of man himself.

Tremendous advances in science and technology have given man an unprecedented power to create, alter and destroy human life. An almost unquenchable desire for material gain, unchecked due to our societal unbelief in a higher moral law, has made human life expendable, secondary to the pursuit of economic, political or social ends. The result is that the past century has witnessed two world wars, fascism, Nazism, communism, Auschwitz and the Holocaust, gulags, a military doctrine of mutually assured destruction, rampant abortion and now a growing acceptance of euthanasia. ...

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