THE CHOICE TO VALUE LIFE, LOVE, FAMILY and FIRE
“After we have mastered the wind, the waves, the tides, and gravity we shall harness the energies of love. Then for the 2nd time in the history of the world man will have discovered fire.”
Pierre Teilhard de Chardin
My take on Roe vs Wade 40 years later:
I was born “dead.” My mother says the umbilical chord was wrapped around my neck. She also says she “prayed me alive.” Perhaps because I was deprived of oxygen upon entry to mortality I came out of the womb a conservative.
I just know I have always thought the way I do about life, love, America, freedom, and the value of others from my earliest memories.
Everyone knows I write love stories and my first one — The Last Valentine — was written as inspired by my mother’s story of waiting for my father after WWII at the LA Union Train Station.
I have strong feelings for the processes of the “heart.” It is hard for me to choose which love story — of the millions potentially being born — is worth ending. Every time I put pen to paper to outline a new story I consider the many “what might have beens” of life. All life is precious.
As John Donne (1572-1631) famously declared:
“No man is an island. entire of itself; every man is a piece of the continent, a part of the main. If a clod be washed away by the sea, Europe is the less, as well as if a promontory were, as well as if a manor of thy friend’s or of thine own were: any man’s death diminishes me, because I am involved in mankind, and therefore never send to know for whom the bells tolls; it tolls for thee.”
Though I understand that many will not agree with me in this modern “progressive” era, I must state my case this day.
We live in a world of “choices.” I have a big problem with intentional death over the last 40 years; the approximate 55 million potential artists, school teachers, medical professionals, researchers, other professionals, laborers, mothers and fathers, lovers all, who never got to experience life outside the womb once their beating heart was charged and thumping; because a “choice” by the Supreme Court was made to honor the “choice” to eliminate them.
I am an adoptive parent by “choice.” My wife and I were not blessed to watch children grow inside her from our union. The two we were blessed with need us; we “choose” them and valiant birth mothers saw their little beating hearts as valuable to the world. And we love them, no matter their “choices.”
You cannot increase respect for life, and blather on about how we need to “protect our children” in society and then diminish respect for life by eliminating real beating hearts — the first organ to develop in the fetus.
When we devalue some life, we develop an attitude which begins to “choose” which life is “necessary.” This in turn devalues all life.
From that tyranny of choice by rulers over the innocent, greater sin and harm against humanity may grow. This is historically valid. Look at any society that “controls” population and you will see a benevolent acting tyranny behind the mask.
The poet de Chardin predicted something to embrace; for mankind has harnessed all the energies of tides, wind, and waves, and even gravity now.
James Michael Pratt is the author of inspirational fiction and non-fiction found at www.jmpratt.com.