Nuggets of Wisdom

Monday, December 23, 2013

Should I Have To Explain Why Killing Babies Is Wrong?!

There is plenty of room for gray area in morality. But sometimes, some things are black and white with no ounce of gray in between. One of those things is infanticide, which is clearly black. And while one should always have a well-reasoned constructive argument against something, as blogger Matt Walsh explains, sometimes, no argument is needed:
I don’t know how else to explain this. Can I really formulate an argument that will explain why we shouldn’t murder disabled children? If you don’t immediately recognize the eugenic slaughter of handicapped babies as something severely troubling, I’m not sure that I can offer any insights to help you understand.

You see, this is the problem. This is why we can’t come to any agreements. This is why our arguments are fruitless. They don’t have to be — arguing could be a rather worthwhile activity. But a constructive argument, or debate, or dialogue, or whatever you want to call it, requires both parties to have some shared concept of right vs wrong and fact vs fiction. Without that, neither side can appeal to the other, because they both exist in entirely different universes.

So, me personally, I’m livin’ over here in a world where it’s never OK to execute a disabled baby, or any baby, for any reason. In fact, in my universe — a universe we might call “reality” — the murder of children could be, without hyperbole, classified as THE worst thing. It is the worst of all that is bad. It is the lowest of low. It is the ugliest of ugly. It is the Pinnacle of Wrong. If it isn’t wrong to kill children, then it can not be wrong to do anything else.
Again, there is always room for discussion and debate within morality. There is room for gray area, for nuance. But some things are clearly black and white. Some things are off the table. Killing a newborn baby, regardless of its health, is one of those things.

Infanticide is wrong--absolutely, always, 100 percent wrong. No exceptions. No excuses. No ifs, ands, or buts. No pros and cons. No compromise. No discussion. No debate. No elucidation. No rationalization.

You don't need an argument for that. You just need a conscience. If you can't understand that, you are a psychopath, plain and simple, and no argument will convince you otherwise. That doesn't make me closed-or-narrow-minded. That makes me human.

So what does it say of us as a species when scientists claim there is no difference between infanticide and abortion?