For this blog I aim to talk about the many types of value we bestow on something. When we buy things in the supermarket, for example, those things certainly have a monetary value for us. Our property also holds certain monetary value. But the greatest value we as human beings are capable of bestowing on something remains our willingness to give all that we are, our very being, our very life, in its defense. This highest of value is reserved towards that which we consider sacred.
As a Roman Catholic, my faith is sacred. I would gladly bleed and die before renouncing my faith in Christ. So for me Christ is one of these sacred “things,” for lack of a better term that deserves the greatest value I am capable of bestowing upon it: my willingness to give my own life in His defense. Life, too, is humanity’s greatest and most powerful gift, for without this gift we would not have liberty, another sacred gift that deserves our highest value. We risk our lives every day for the innocent. We even risk our lives to save the lives of those who some would say do not deserve such an honor. But as a Christian I cannot stand idly by while anyone, for any reason, attempts to gun down someone in cold blood.
Our willingness to risk our very lives for that which we hold most dear to our hearts is the highest value we are capable of bestowing on something that we consider sacred. It is one of the greatest and most powerful acts of love we are capable of as humans. It is said in sacred Scripture that “Greater love than this no man hath, that a man lay down his life for his friends.” This establishes sacrifice for that which we hold dear the greatest act of love and the greatest value and the highest honor we are capable of bestowing. This goes especially so for our children, at ANY VIABLE stage of development (the “keyword “viable” is meant to exclude cases of ectopic pregnancy, where the children are not viable and are most likely already dead by the time the surgeon gets around to removing the ectopic pregnancy) because our children represent the continuation of the human race. We continue as a race through our children. And where is our moral authority for risking ourselves for other innocents if we cannot do so for our own children, either inside or outside of the womb?
But sadly we are seeing a devaluing of this powerful concept. We as a people are learning selfishness instead of love. We are being taught that risking ourselves for our children is not the act of love that we know it to be. We are ultimately being taught to have an entitlement mentality towards commodities like money, food, clothing, health care, etc. And we are being taught to hate things like love, life, and liberty. If we are to have any hope as a nation, we must restore the concept that risking ourselves for that which we hold sacred is an act of love to its rightful place. Our ancestors bled and died because they loved life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. And now we are witnessing their loving sacrifice being taken in vain. Because either life is sacred or its not. And if you believe it is not, then you do not believe in liberty, for without holding life as humanity’s greatest gift, a gift that enables human societies everywhere to continue their existence, there can be no moral basis for liberty. Many people brag about how they say, for example, stopped a robbery or rape in progress, putting their own lives on the line in the process. But when it comes time to place this value on the life that a woman carries within her womb for 9 months, they are reluctant to do so. Some even view that child as a parasite. Where then is the moral authority for these people to risk their lives for other noble endeavors, such as foiling robberies? Either human life is sacred at all stages of development or it’s not. We cannot afford to be lukewarm about this.