If the following story fails to motivate you to do something about life, tough to see what will.
Sanctioned by a court in England, government officials in Europe have pushed state power to an extreme. An allegedly mentally unstable pregnant was forcibly sedated and the pregnancy induced. Fifteen months later, the mother has yet to see her child. According to her lawyer who was interview by the Telegraph:
“I have never heard of anything like this in all my 40 years in the job … I can understand if someone is very ill that they may not be able to consent to a medical procedure, but a forced caesarean is unprecedented.”
You would think Europe has evolved some since World War II? I can see this happening in Communist China or Cuba, but England? It is diabolical and, one hopes, an anomaly. There are many good political leaders in London who will no doubt demand an immediate and far-reaching investigation.
Incidents such as these can happen just about anywhere in the world. It is what can happen when individuals disassociate from each other, and when government are empowered, by you and me, to do more than they should. If you’re thinking ObamaCare you’re spot on. Another example, the irrational shopping frenzy the last few days that has resulted in violence and arrests.
Passing the buck to a government official or institution is not a viable outcome. But certain sectors of our society seem to what a lot more of it. Problems? Out of sight, out of mind. It is what happens when individuals and society give up on one another. That is inhumane. It is selfish. Egocentric.
Strapped for time, you say. I have a friend in Michigan who is raising a family of five young ones. He and his wife home school some of their children. These fine people still manage to eke out a few hours a week to volunteer to help folks in need in their community. Set priorities. Maybe it is less television or other mindless entertainment.
There are plenty of private charitable groups in this country that would be willing to help if you are unable to do so. The Catholic Church, the largest charitable organization in the world, helps folks from all backgrounds. There are many others.
Charity starts at home. Literally. If you have a sick relative or neighbor, or just someone in need, look in the mirror. The Internet does not have any, nor does your portable device. Step up and do right. We can all do better. Be grateful. Do good.