The Sarabite: Towards an Aesthetic Christianity

There is a continuous attraction, beginning with God, going to the world, and ending at last with God, an attraction which returns to the same place where it began as though in a kind of circle. -Marsilio Ficino

Wednesday, January 18, 2006

Supreme Court Upholds Oregon Law

See this link

Of course this is scary. Medicine has become a sheer matter of money. Prescribing a handful of leathal pills is much cheaper than treating a long term illness. So where will the pressure be when a terminal illness is diagnosed? Follow the money. That is what it has come to.

What is to be done? Of course, we are encouraged to pray that God will have mercy and not allow this country to become like the Netherlands on a massive scale. But is any other form of activism viable? I suppose it should at least be tried, but our whole society is based on the principle of "if it doesn't affect me (directly), then why should I do anything about it?" The entire population of our country does not value life as much as many who read this do, and if given the opportunity of commiting suicide by prescription when faced with certain kinds of illness, will not many take it?

Lord have mercy! But again, what is to be done? I would answer, as a burnt-out ex-leftist, not much. The gravity of public opinion goes ever toward the principle of complete personal license, i.e. I can do what I want if it doesn't hurt anyone else. But we Christians are asked to resist evil with good, to suffer being outcasts and not doing the most "rational" thing in the eyes of the world. It is perhaps a good thing that we are living through evil times, so that God can see how WE struggle in the face of evil in the little salvation drama that is our life.

As Marcus Aurelius wrote, do not wait for Plato's Republic, but do what is right, and realize that the all the little things that you do in life are not quite so little.


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