The Five Most Deplorable Wastes of Human LifeWritten by Terry Mitchell
God created life and therefore it is precious. It should not be taken away without just cause. It should not be endangered in a flippant or careless manner. It should be nurtured and protected to fullest extent of law. All too often, though, human life is treated as expendable by governments and average citizens alike. Convenience, pleasure, revenge, power, politics, and even outright indifference sometimes get a higher priority than human life. Due to those kinds of attitudes, human life is wasted on a daily basis. Every waste of human life is shameful, but there are five particularly deplorable ways in which it is destroyed. I would like to briefly discuss each of them. (1) Abortion. If abortion is not a deplorable waste of human life, there aren't any. Obviously, there are exceptions like cases of rape, non-consensual incest, and situations in which life or health of mother is at stake. Abortion for any other reason is nothing but legalized murder. No, convenience is not a justifiable reason for snuffing out lives of unborn children before they get a chance to take their first breath. Feminists, Planned Parenthood, N.O.W., liberals, and those who are too spineless to speak up for what is right can call it a "woman's choice" issue all they want, but it doesn't change sad reality. Yes, I do believe women should have control over their own bodies, including reproductive rights, but that's not issue here. In fact, that whole argument is a red herring. Women can choose to not get pregnant. Whether through abstaining from sex or using reliable methods of birth control, it's their choice. Taking another human life, on other hand, should not be a choice that's available to any individual in a civilized society. (2) Unnecessary wars. There's nothing sadder than reading or hearing names of young, vital, and talented young men and women who have been cut in down in prime of their lives in a war that did not have to be fought. Sometimes wars are unavoidable. Often, there are evil aggressors in world who won't respond to anything but brute force. In those cases, not fighting a war could ultimately cost more lives than actually fighting it. However, many times there are viable alternatives to war, such as diplomatic maneuvers and containment. No war should ever be fought until all of those options have been exhausted. Unfortunately, there are leaders all over world who are, at times, determined to go to war, regardless of other available options. Political ambition or drive to enhance their popularity at home often prompts leaders to send their young citizens off to war. Greed and drive to seize more territory are motivating factors for other heads of state. Others are driven by bogus intelligence and unsubstantiated fear into fighting preemptive wars. Still others are well-intentioned individuals who honestly believe their war efforts are making world a safer place. They seem to forget that "the road to hell is paved with good intentions." (3) Executions of non-violent offenders. Many countries around world impose ultimate sanction on those found guilty of crimes that range from drug possession to adultery. Even many countries that have never been guilty of this practice sometimes appear to condone it.
SuperGirl is no moreWritten by Gary Whittaker
TEN has decided it was time to weigh in on Schiavo case. It seems that much ado is being about nothing, but in this case, nothing appears to be Terri Shiavo’s mental capacity. Doctors are divided on how serious her condition really is, but we can at least all agree that Terri will never have again led a normal, healthy life. At best, with extensive medical treatment and proper care-taking, Terri’s condition would make Christopher Reeve’s look like a summer cold. In fact, out of all comments, public opinion polls, and a revolving door of pulpit politicians, not one has actually come out to continue Superman’s legacy. We mourned his passing, commented on how much we proved that disabled had a voice, had a chance, yet we have forgotten lessons he courageously proved to us.
That being said, let’s not sugar-coat anymore what is actually happening. Terri Shiavo is being legally murdered. Think I am being too harsh? Terri is not a vegetable. She was able to maintain limited awareness while never have anything more than limited care. Her husband and legal guardian want to abide by her wishes when she was a normal young woman. What young person ever seriously thinks about how they want to be treated if ever such a tragedy would befall them? Almost every single hearlthy person has made a comment in their life after seeing a disabled person of, “Well you can just kill me if that ever happens”. I am sure many people have said same thing looking at Terri Shiavo’s case themselves.
That, however, does not give anyone right to actually take your life away should it happen. I do not fault husband, as some Republicans have, for his decision to want to end her life. I have to take benefit of doubt and assume he honestly believes his wife would want to die even now. I do not fault husband, as they family has done, for moving on with his life, getting married and having kids. But he has let go. He has moved on. Terri’s parent’s have not. They are willing to care for Terri. She does have a chance to improve her conditions and quality of life. That is a right that any human being has. No man, court or government has a right to take that away, especially for those who do not have a voice. This position of removing her feeding tube so that she can starve to death over a period of weeks is most cowardly court supported decision I have seen in years. If you want to condemn her to death, then at least do it with mercy and kill her more humanely. Instead, we have a list of 21 Senators who would rather not face issue head on, but instead agree to this barbaric treatment of a human being.