EnVision this for Americans, for the world? Abortion and Euthenasia
Professor J. Budziszewski discusses the conscience — and its five furies. Human conscience operates in three modes:
Cautionary mode, conscience acts as your teacher: “That is wrong.”
Accusatory mode, conscience acts as your judge: “That was wrong.”
Avenging mode, conscience acts as your executioner. “You were wrong.”
“Five Furies” of conscience come into play when we transgress the natural law. Professor Budziszewski describes the ordered way a guilty conscience responds to the Five Furies:
- Remorse: “The normal outlet of remorse is to flee from wrong;”
- Confession: “of the need for confession, to admit what one has done,”
- Atonement: “of atonement, to pay the debt,”
- Reconciliation: “to restore the bonds one has broken,”
- Justification: “and of justification, to get back in the right.”
If the guilty party does not respond to the Furies in rightly ordered ways and return to moral goodness, those Furies do not dissipate into thin air:
“But if the furies are denied their payment in wonted coin, they exact it in whatever coin comes nearest, driving the wrongdoer’s life yet further out of kilter. We flee not from wrong, but from thinking about it. We compulsively confess every detail of our story, except the moral. We punish ourselves again and again, offering every sacrifice except the one demanded. We simulate the restoration of broken intimacy, by seeking companions as guilty as ourselves. And we seek not to become just, but to justify ourselves.
All the furies collude. Each reinforces the others, not only in the individual, but in the social group” (pp. 150- 151).
Men may keep a sort of level of good, but no man has ever been able to keep on one level of evil. That road goes down and down. G.K. Chesterton
Abortion and Euthenasia:
The Fifth Amendment protects against self-incrimination, protecting privacy of personal information. The Ninth Amendment says the “enumeration in the Constitution of certain rights shall not be construed to deny or disparage other rights retained by the people.”
(CNN) Here’s a look at the U.S. Supreme Court case Roe v. Wade. Facts: January 22, 1973 – The U.S. Supreme Court, in a 7-2 decision, affirms legality of a woman’s right to have an abortion under the Fourteenth amendment to the Constitution.
In the 1973 case, Roe v. Wade the Supreme Court applied this constitutional principle of privacy and liberty to a woman’s ability to terminate a pregnancy. The Court held that constitutional right to privacy includes a woman’s right to decide to have an abortion.
DC Legalizes Physician-Assisted Suicide
DC became the seventh jurisdiction in the United States to legalize physician-assisted suicide on Feb. 18, 2017, with California, Colorado, Montana, Oregon, Vermont, Washington (from http://www.procon.org).
Let us not see the day when rights to decide upon euthenizing victims are someone else’s private “right to decide” unless we change both laws. People like Obama, Hillary, Cecille, and Soros reinforce each other. “You will know them by their fruits” (Matthew 7: 16).