Are they really disposable?

 The issue of the poor and other marginalized people in society transcends political affiliation and social strata.

We live in a world where human beings are objectified – they’re treated as objects. If a certain person or group of persons does not produce or benefit society in any significant way, they are marginalized by society and looked at as somebody not really worthy of any human kindness or charity.

For instance, being made aware of a couple’s pregnancy, the couple may deliberate between themselves and see the child (or tissue mass as others may refer to this emerging life) as a hindrance to plans they’ve already made for themselves.

Maybe the child will be viewed as a financial burden which would rob them of certain other things they are working for in their lives. Maybe he/she will be viewed as a hindrance to their careers and professional aspirations. After all, it will be years before such a creature will be able to make itself “useful”. So the child is aborted and the problem is “solved.”

The aged and dying relative who has been relegated to a hospital bed and shows no signs of improvement ought to be “released” from their condition since the chance of their recovery is small. Besides, it will save a lot of money in medical costs, which can be put to more useful (or selfish) purposes.

The poor who live under overpasses and in back alleys who can make no real contribution to society are viewed oftentimes and undue burdens on society. They can’t contribute anything, so they deserve nothing in return. It all boils down to perceived worth of a human being and their dignity.

The Catholic Church has always held that life is sacred from conception to natural death. All human life! A human’s worth is not determined by what they offer, but by who they are – A living human being created by God and for God and in His Image!

But our society is too practical for all of this. It can simplify everything down to an ugly and devilish ideal of cost effectiveness. A human is only worth what it can give to me or to something that may benefit me down the road.

We don’t see Christ in the poor anymore – we see just another burden on society. This isn’t a political issue, it’s a natural effect of a depraved society steeped in commercialism and meism (“me” being the center of all that is and all that matters).

Written by:  Br. Pieter (Candidate)

Published in: on September 4, 2010 at 5:15 AM  Leave a Comment  

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