Why Individuals Matter
I’m one of those people who always has something on in the house. The hum of a washing machine, the droning of the news on the television, talk radio, or my favorite 80’s playlist on my iPod sets me at ease; it’s the silence that rattles me. As I write this I purposefully have everything turned off. Maybe I should be rattled for a change, because complacency will be our downfall.
The mother of an autistic child was left a letter from a neighbor complaining about her special needs child. I won’t repeat the entire letter as it is vile, but in summary the neighbor complains about the “noises” the child makes when he’s outside. Her annoyance at hearing this child has led her to tell this woman she should take whatever “non-retarded” body parts her child has and donate them to science”. She concludes by telling the mother to move into a trailer in the woods with her child so no one would have to contend with her family. As I read the letter I could feel the hate this woman has for her neighbor and this child, but more than hate it was a complete lack of empathy for a fellow human being. It was the same kind of category we assign serial killers. The letter was signed, “One pissed off mother”. A mother wrote this letter.
In Oklahoma three teenagers sat idle. Seemingly not accountable to anyone, no expectation to come home and do chores, no homework, no one was even wondering where they were or what they were doing. Somehow, sometime these three obtained a firearm and decided to kill someone because, “they were bored”. They found Christopher Lane, a 22 year old Australian student out for a jog and without provocation they shot him in the head, killing him. The three murderers were later arrested driving the same car they used to facilitate the “drive by”. Witnesses report at least one of the teens was seen laughing and dancing as he was brought into the jail. Once again, is it hatred or is it something worse that drove these killers?
A pro-life activist recently visited a college campus and asked people to sign a petition allowing for 4th trimester abortions. For those of you wondering what a 4th trimester abortion is, it would be AFTER the child is born, in other words, infanticide. This activist actually obtained signatures. Some even asked him to clarify what 4th trimester meant and he responded honestly, after the child is born, to which they grabbed the petition and signed it. This same activist later obtained signatures in favor of euthanasia of senior citizens in an effort to keep down the cost of Obamacare. Am I the only one seeing a trend here?
The perils of ideologies like socialism and communism are two-fold. One, it negates the importance of religion. I am a Christian, but ALL religions follow the same idea that there is something out there greater than ourselves. That something greater is a perfect holy God who expects man to use the gifts endowed upon him for the betterment of mankind. Communism places the state at the center with man’s gifts expected to be used for the betterment of his not so talented, lazy neighbor. When your ideal becomes a political ideology or philosophy the focus is no longer on the individual and their journey to explore their spiritual gifts, but instead on the exploitation of the individual to serve the collective. To not submit to this exploitation is an affront to whoever is currently in power. The second downfall, and the one we are beginning to see become an epidemic in this country, is the devaluation of a single human life. When the health of the collective is the goal, what are one or two lives? Especially if it is someone else’s.
To the “pissed off mother” I would suggest to her she too lacks perfection and it is only a matter of time before someone points out her faults and recommends her demise. To the Oklahoma teens and all of the wannabe gang bangers and violent teens: I don’t know if there is any hope for you in this life or the next. Your callus display last week to that poor soul makes the Mexican Drug Cartels look like pharmacists. And to all of those who signed those fake and absurd petitions, do yourself a favor and turn off the noise and pensively consider what you signed and what it really meant. Stop looking to a political party to be your moral compass. Remember, it’s politics that brought us the Clintons, Filner, Weiner, and Spitzer.
We all have a journey and our calling should be about navigating our trip to leave things better than we found them. Individuals matter, without them there is only an unthinking mass. In the words of “K” from Men in Black,”A person is smart. People are dumb, panicky dangerous animals and you know it.”