Tuesday, April 16, 2013

M-n Posts: Massacre, part 2--never seen


Massacre on a grand scale is brutal and grotesque.  It cannot be hidden or ignored.  The results clearly scar the world with undeniable evidence.

But, what about massacre that goes unseen, unrecognized?  The NEVER recognized massacres?  But they exist all the same.



One of the most debilitating and ultimately fatal diseases in the world is multiple sclerosisThis is literally a systematic, massacre-like attack on the myelin lining of the nerves. 

A quiet disease it is.  A deadly and unrelenting disease it most certainly is.


Another massacre that exists on a grand scale, but which has created great debate is the destruction of newly-forming life: abortion

Politics being what they are and staunch personal beliefs collide here.  Is this simply a multi-cell organism that can be removed at the convenience of the female?  
Or
Is this a living baby with the potential to grow and become a fully functioning human being?

Since 1974, the number of abortions numbers in tens of millions.  If this were a massacre of an existing population, the outcry would be deafening.  (Note:  No photos will be shown here.  Statistics can be found by clicking on the underlined above.  Thanks.)

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg was active in her support of Roe v. Wade passing, allowing for abortions.  Click on the site below the photo for information.

Finally, the massacre of our environment.  Environmentalists and scientists declare the massacre of threatened species cannot be reversed.  

Lange's metalmark butterfly
Photo credit: Tom Brennan

Whether it is a frog in a wetland marsh or a rhinoceros in Africa, the sad truth is that massacred numbers of many species are rising.

Question:  These quiet massacres—the ones that occur quietly around the clock—do they infuriate you the way they do me??  How do you react to the list above?  Controversy awaits this post, I am sure.

25 comments:

  1. Yeah people, or more likely news, just try to shift away to other issues. MS is a horrible disease, and the poor animals suffer because of us. Abortion, is a tricky subject. Thing that ticks me off as nothing is done, especially with disease, billions in research and what to we have? nadda. Why? because the rich want to stay rich, world runs off the sick.

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    1. Research is an expensive business as is development of pharmaceuticals. I pray that each new discovery leads closer to a final cure.

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  2. The sad truth is, no matter what we do to the environment/ecology, no matter how many species we kill off, the earth will survive. She will not only survive, she will recycle everything and grow new life. The question is, will humans survive? If we continue to s**t in our bed the way we do, I have serious doubts. But with or without us, Earth still has a long life ahead of her.

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    1. Resilience is part of Earth's survival. It will find a way to work around the damage done to it. But, humans? You are right.

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  3. thank you for posing these questions, for us to think about

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    1. I hope that today people will think about what has been done and what needs to be done.

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  4. Amen to you, Pat and Bish.
    When Ron Paul was a resident dr. he watched his first abortion. The doctors tossed the fetus in a bucket and jokingly went about their business. He said in both his book and on TV that he looked in the bucket and the fetus was moving and struggling and it made his sick. He knew then the baby was a living being. Ron is in a difficult spot as he personally does not believe in abortion but his libertarian views allow freedom to choose.

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    1. Amen to you as well. The more I learn about how the fetus struggles to live and feels pain, the more horrified I am.

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  5. I have another disease that's massacring me silently and has, combined with old age, made me tired. I still care deeply about civil rights, about the environment, and also about a woman's right to choose. I think abortion is horrible, but I know that if not obtained legally, women would still have them. I remember how it was when I was young: women had illegal abortions all the time with horrendous results, so many died with their fetuses, so many were permanently maimed and would never have children.

    We just had another massacre yesterday. I refuse to go numb about it, I will not, no matter how old and tired I get, but I have to leave the good fight to those younger than I.

    Finally, I am stunned, shocked and speechless at the comment you cited above from the Justice.

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    1. My husband has diabetes, takes pills, etc. But diabetes is another disease that sneaks around and robs the human slowly. I have a sis-in-law my age who is in a nursing care facility and suffers from horrible complications from diabetes.

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  6. Manzanita - I believe in the right to choose - BUT I am very much against abortion. So while I would not choose abortion for myself and I teach my children the value of an unborn baby, it is not my right to tell you or anyone what to choose.

    Massacres ... what's the opposite? Armor? Protection? Fortification? Safety? Shelter?

    Kindness. Love. Gratitude. Respect.

    :)

    Great post.

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    1. If only the world could, as a whole, drop all the animosity and hostility...it won't happen.

      The source of this hate is sin, an absolute disobedience to God and to His creation.

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  7. I agree that MS is a horrible disease, and I've seen others suffer through it. There are many devastating diseases, and chronic conditions that people struggle with on a daily basis. I hope that you are in good health Susan.

    Julie

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  8. It's possible the diseases that ravage us are our punishment for the way we treat mother earth...just possibly.

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  9. So very true, on all counts. I wish abortion wasn't legal :(

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  10. You have taken on some big issues here and I agree with the points you make. Life is so highly disregarded in many ways, but fortunately some continue to fight for the right things.

    Lee
    An A to Z Co-Host
    Tossing It Out

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  11. I am sickened by the lies that women aren't damaged any more with modern procedures. A little research will reveal the truth of how much scarring and permanent sterility happens as a result of this commonplace " surgery." But the real damage is the PTSD women suffer from in the aftermath, which can last decades. Shame, guilt, flashbacks.

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  12. All the things we take for granted are keeping us alive on the Earth. I think our last line of defence are our Trees, Oceans and Bees which are also on the endangered slippery slope of rapid decline. We need to be warriors and take action for Earth Day.

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  13. Controversy awaits, but not from me.

    :-)

    I never tell.

    Pearl

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  14. There are so many silent tragedies in the world. I wholeheartedly agree with your last example of the environment!

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  15. MS is truly horrible.
    And I rarely venture into this area, but... abortion is termination of a life created by God. And it is wrong.

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  16. I believe that we must make our voice known for things we regard as wrong. I have held the flag for peace, stood against nuclear power, and battled for equality for my daughters and all daughters. I am tired now, and have put my sword down for others to take up the cause. I think we have to pick our battles and learn to balance them so we are not overcome with negativity and despair. We also must open our hearts and take the time to listen to all sources, even if we don't agree.

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  17. MS, Abortion, Species killed by our wastefulness and pollution - it's all painful. I can't personally do anything about MS, other than pray.
    Abortion - I can take a stand against, and have. It is hard, because I don't want to hurt anyone over that. I know and care about women who have had abortions, and I feel for them, and at the same time, I think it is the massacre of human life on a huge, societal scale. Often, I pray, and I hope that God gives me the wisdom to say something that will make a difference, and not something that will hurt or embitter someone else.

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  18. To all who have left comments or visited:

    Thank you all for your voices and thoughts. We live in interesting times, yes. Make our voices heard, make kindness the norm, and stand against violence and destruction. Above all, value life and be thankful.

    No matter our personal beliefs, our lives will leave a legacy for those who come after. History will look at us someday.

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  19. If one has to get an incurable disease, there are worse ones about than MS. It is a life sentence rather than a death sentence on the whole. That said, it was not on my wish list and I haven't welcomed it either.
    The massacre of the environment is one that fills me with horror. We really need to learn to live on this earth respectfully. Do we have the time to learn? I hope so.

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Go ahead...it won' t hurt...I'd love to hear what you think!