by Dick Buckingham
opens the door to all sorts of problems. If life is defined on the basis of how fruitful one can be, then there are many in our society that should be “graciously” put out of their (our) misery because they can no longer or may never have been able to contribute something. And who is to say what the level of contribution has to be in order to be determined worthy of life? If receiving life giving sustenance from a tube is the line that we draw, then no infant in the womb deserves to live as they are sustained only by life’s original feeding tube. Several of them felt if the person themselves had expressed a desire that they not live in such a way, then that was justification for the removal of the tube and starving them to death. But isn’t that just suicide, and the removal of the tube assisted suicide? So much of our society believes that life is something that is our personal possession and we are free to do with it whatever we choose. It is a grave error when we view life is such a way. Did we do anything to produce life in ourselves? Did we create it? Purchase it? Earn it? Then how can we claim that it is ours? If it is not ours, then whose is it, and what is our role in handling what has been granted to us?