Every life is a gift we’ve been given, and we should be grateful about it, right? We should be grateful for plant life, animal life and… oohh yeah, of course, human life.
Isn’t it ironic to think that nowadays, for some people, its way more important to save dolphins and turtles rather than human beings? Not that we shouldn’t respect and care about Mother Nature, but we need to set priorities here. We need to see the big picture.
Every human being needs to understand and believe in the value of human life, from conception to natural death. We should be able to recognize that the intrinsic dignity of the person is the foundation of every human right, and that this dignity is independent of any individual condition; no human community can grant or rescind that dignity. This inalienable right to life is the basis of a free and just society. The Universal Declaration of Human Rights could not be clearer on the subject in Article 3: Everyone has the right to life, liberty and security of person.
This generation’s responsibility is to set a clear message to the world: We are going to build a Culture of Life! In fact, we’re already doing it! In Evangelium Vitae, John Paul II issues “a pressing appeal addressed to each and every person, in the name of God: Respect, protect, love, and serve life, every human life! Only in this direction will you find justice, development, true freedom, peace and happiness!” (EV 5)
Each and every one of us is called to protect the weak and innocent, to protect human life in its most vulnerable stages – at its very earliest and its final stages. The crimes against humanity, which ironically comes also from humanity, can be found in many forms, including wars, class conflict, civil unrest, ecological recklessness and sexual irresponsibility.
Some may call us crazy, but I’m fine being called that if I’m honoring the only thing that has kept me alive for the past years – LIFE. If we don’t have the power to create it; why would we think that we have the power to end it?
The absolute superiority, the complete novelty of humanity, is that no other creature can experience a kind of complicity between the laws of nature and its awareness of its own existence. The ability to admire exists only in human beings. Never in the history of gardening have we seen a dog smell the scent of a rose. Nor has a chimpanzee ever gazed at the sunset or the splendor of a starry sky. – Dr. Jérôme Lejeune
Check out World Youth Alliance’s campaign on human dignity and life, and if you’re between the ages of 10 and 30 you can sign the Charter!