Respecting life has to be one of the most underrated ideas of the century.
What does it mean to respect the dignity of human life? It seems obvious; to agree that every person has the right to life, whether they are unborn, elderly, handicapped, sick, useless, etc. There are so many people fighting for the lives of those around us in various ways: pro-life conferences, blogs, rallies, you name it! But how do we respect and defend the lives of those who don’t need us to fight for them?
What about the people who have no friends? Do we go out of our way to welcome them? Or do we just pretend like they aren’t there?
Or when we see someone threatening their own life, consciously or unconsciously, do we call them out? Or do we remain silent? Do we glorify reckless behaviors? Do we offer love and acceptance to those we know are struggling? Do we call for help, even if the victim does not want it?
Every person is born with immense dignity. It’s easy to fight for a baby’s right to life. It’s much harder to challenge yourself to defend human dignity in everything you do. For instance, think of the music you listen to and the movies you watch. We’re growing up in a world that is trying to desensitize our culture, where everything revolves around making ME happy or making ME feel good. Our generation, specifically, is targeted and repeatedly told that we need to be selfish, that we need to be independent to the point of rejecting all outside help, that we need to use others for our own gratification. Often times, the media deprecates the dignity of men and women into mere objectification. More and more movies, songs, and even advertisements are objectifying men and women, and our culture tells us that objectification is not only normal and acceptable, it is what we should desire.
Do our actions respect and defend the dignity of every human life?