Letter to the Editor: Suicide vs. fighting for our lives


Have we really come to a point, as letter writer Gene Rigelon suggests, where we think it is somehow more courageous to commit suicide rather than fight for our lives or our convictions?

Can we continue to teach our children that life has no intrinsic value and seem shocked when they act out on their upbringing? Is anyone really surprised when a guy like Jared Loughner goes on a shooting spree, wounding Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords and kills six other people, including a 9-year-old girl?

Loughner is a 26-year-old nihilistic atheist who believes through the writings of Frederick Nietzsche (Hitler’s favorite author — he handed out copies of his books to his henchmen) and society today that life is pointless and we have no purpose or value. We’re here for a while and then we die. In a society where we teach our children that survival of the fittest is how we got here in the first place, do we have the right to be surprised at gunmen who shoot up schools and theaters?

Combine the teachings of academy today (i.e. reality is what you make it) with Hollywood endlessly glorifying killing and violence (but never accepting any responsibility) and this is what we get. We live in a society where people march in the streets for the right to kill babies in the womb and wonder why we kill each other.

Science, the very discipline that is used to support this act, tells us that a fetus can gain a heartbeat at 6 weeks. I know of nothing with a heartbeat that isn’t deemed to be alive, proving that society places no value on life.

What do we say of Aron Ralston? Trapped in a canyon in Utah, his only means of survival was to cut off his own arm. Was he an incredibly brave man who understood that life is precious and a gift, or an idiot who should have used the knife and cut his own throat rather than suffer? We can’t imagine the consequences of what we are teaching our children today.

Michael Dick, Front Royal