“If we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other.”
A very great woman said this. How right she was. And this statement seems especially true today. When I deciding what to write, I thought of what I would say are the two biggest issues in the news. Russia-Ukraine and Flight MH 17. Israel-Hamas in the Gaza Strip. But how do these wars relate to pro-life activism?
Other disasters are coming to mind. The disappearance of Nathan O’Brien and his grandparents in Calgary, Alberta. The shooting of a priest in Phoenix, Arizona. The Boston bombing last summer. Sandy Hook, Newtown, Connecticut.
The killing of unprotected children.
They are all disasters that stem from the fact that life is no longer given its due. Life has lost its value. Russian separatists shoot down a plane. Alright, it is a mistake. They think it is a military plane. Wait, what? So because of a mistake, 298 people die. Families and friends are left mourning.
What are we coming to? Man no longer seems to care that the other person is a person, who has the same rights and potential as himself. Who gave any one person the right to decide if someone else gets to live or die? Yet there are hundreds of people running around thinking they have that right.
Let’s get back to that quote. “If we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other.”
We belong to each other.
This goes back to my first post, when I said that looking out for others is part of our nature. We are each other’s responsibility. When we realize that the person next to us, friend or stranger, is our responsibility—that we are responsible for their well-being—then we begin to pay more attention to them. And we have to pay attention to them. We have to see that they are just as important as we ourselves are.
Sometimes this process has to start by looking at yourself. Without being egotistic or arrogant, you have to see just how wonderful you are. Could you have created you? Didn’t think so. Way beyond your capability, or mine. I couldn’t have created me, that’s for sure. So stop and think. If I can’t create me, if I can’t create you, if human life is way beyond my comprehension, doesn’t that make humanity rather…incredible? It’s beyond our scope. And humans will never be able to understand humans. Think of the complexities of the nervous system. The muscles. Blood. The heart. The brain! Wow. Mind boggling!
How are you moving your finger right now? Alright, you told it to. But does your finger have its own brain that makes it capable of motion? No. So your brain is telling it to move, and it moves before it even becomes a conscious thought in your own awareness.
Now that we’ve established our own personal wonderfulness, think of the person beside you. You know how you work, how you think, what you like, etc. Now the person beside you is just as intricate as you, but is a completely different person. They have the same mind-boggling biology, but they have their own thoughts, actions, likes, isms. And every person is different. Kind of like snowflakes. As a certain Doctor says, “There’s no such thing as an ordinary human.”
So, we’ve established that people are complex. In more ways than one. And they’re all completely different from each other. They’re all way beyond what we can even imagine. We can’t even imagine how deep our own person is.
And mankind wants to destroy these intricate creations?
Think of the amazing work that computers do. Think of what multiple computers working together could do. Think of what supercomputers with the power of hundreds of computers could do. How much more can humans accomplish, even by simply being alive! The human brain is so much more complex than a computer. But hundreds of these powerful little organs are being destroyed, constantly.
You don’t have to do anything to be amazing. The simple fact of your existence is amazing. To be is to be amazing. We have to recognize this fact in our neighbour. Remember what that astounding woman from Calcutta said: “We have forgotten that we belong to each other.” The brilliant creation that is sitting next to us is our responsibility. Now that’s what I call a big responsibility.