Wednesday, October 29, 2014


A young woman is dying of a fatal disease and has decided to kill herself in a few days.  She says she wants to die with dignity.  Why is dying with dignity so important?  What is dignity anyway?  She is killing herself to avoid the unknown future.  That is not dignified, that is cowardly.

All of us face an unknown future.  As I am writing this an earthquake could hit California and kill me.  A plane could crash and land on my house and kill me.  I could drop dead of a stroke.  The future is uncertain, but all of us will die someday.  We should not be afraid of dying.  It's part of the process of life.

Just as we are born, we are in pain, crying, and uncertain about the new life ahead.  We may live a day, or 100 years, but certainly we should enjoy each day, not run from them.  We never know if a miracle will cure our disease or if our suffering will inspire others who will suffer.  When we were babies we had to be fed and we had to have our diapers changed.  No one thinks that is undignified for a baby, why should we think it undignified for a person who is sick or old?  Our society has become so narcissistic, so self-centered that everything is all about us.  We have to do everything our way.  We need to let go and let God have His way.  If He has decided we should suffer, then we should use that as a time for reflection and self-discovery.  We should not circumvent His will by killing ourselves; that's the view from the Hysterical Right Wing.

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