Posted: 03/27/05 08:41, Edited: 04/01/05 05:59
by David Mindeman
A culture of life. That is what we are told we have here. At least according to the politicians in charge. But if you examine this culture, you begin to wonder whose lives they are talking about?
Terry Schaivo has been marginally alive. The religious outcry at the removal of her feeding tube was loud and indignant. One has to wonder how God's will is served here. What life she has, can only be described at artificial. If her life had been allowed to run its natural course she would have left us 15 years ago. But extraordinary means were used to keep her alive. It happens all the time, but the extra measures have to be stopped at some point and the progression of life or death has to resume. Does the culture of life mean we have to confine Terry Schaivo to her bed ridden prison indefinitely? That question has to be decided by someone -- but politicians and media are not the decision makers I would choose.
In the midst of this public intrusion to a private matter, another disturbing thing happened. An Indian boy hit the breaking point, took his own life and the lives of 9 others. Our President was too busy tying up the courts with appeals to acknowledge this tragedy until 4 days had passed. His "culture of life" isn't curious about why this happened. It seems that tragedy on an Indian reservation doesn't have the same significance.
Soon, Congress will be discussing stem cell research and the "culture of life" phrases will come out again. Again, this "culture" will be looking to save life and again, it is an artificial life they seek to save. Embryos that can never develop without human intervention. Embryos that can only be classified marginally as life, because human beings brought them into existence by scientific processes. God's will? It is hard to fathom stretching it that far. And if you do still believe God has a hand in this, then whose to say God didn't intend for these embryos to be used for research? This "culture" would rather see these cells discarded or frozen indefinitely, rather than used to seek solutions to disease states that really do attack the culture of life, in a very real sense.
We may want a "culture of life" to guide us, but it cannot be found in the divisive agendas of politics. And it can't be found only in scientific facts. Each person's heart has the only answer that matters to him or her. Terry Schaivo's fate shouldn't be in the hands of the courts or Congress. The Red Lake tribe won't find answers or help from the media. And stem cell research can't be answered simply by black and white religious philosophies.
No, the culture of life is not a political buzzword.... it is a private conversation with your inner voice. You can share what you learn but you can't impose it on another. Each voice may be different but it is the only one you can listen to.