Letter to the Editor: Am I My Brother’s Keeper?

Am I My Brother’s Keeper?
 
By CATHY WIGET KING
Los Alamos
 
I’ve been proud to be an American all my life, except for the past 15 years or so. I watched speechless as we legalized abortion, the most heinous crime against humanity ever conceived in my opinion.
 
Instead of raising our children to abstain from sexual behaviors until they are married, sex is seen as cheap—and I do mean cheap—entertainment. The sacred nature of married love and family life has fallen by the wayside as marriages break up (because, oh gee, we aren’t in love anymore), and children self-medicate with drugs and alcohol as a result. The pain is excruciating. We justified invading other countries with “Shock and Awe” – and defeat, as we sacrificed the lives of our young people so Haliburton, et al, could increase their profits. Yes. We are a culture of death.
Our Creator gave us the most beautiful country on earth. What have we done with it? What have we done to ourselves and our children? We have become self-centered, arrogant, loud, selfish people who believe the poor got that way by themselves. As Mother Theresa famously said, “We have the poor because we don’t share.” I include myself in this. We buy tons of useless junk with money that could be shared with others who really do need
the very essentials of life that you and I take for granted.
Where has our faith in God gone? We have allowed others to convince us that somehow we have evolved on this planet totally by accident. That is the most ridiculous thing we could ever have accepted. I don’t want to get into an argument about evolution here, but really—it was random? Please. Let us take ourselves off the throne of our own achievements, and let us put ourselves where we belong: on the sidelines watching the destruction of
human-kind, the natural environment, our very planet.
If we observe carefully enough, maybe we will see that we need to share what we have with others. I know most of us do share … some. But let’s begin to share from our substance. Let’s begin to be a people of mercy. Let’s begin to open our hearts to those who have nothing. Let’s begin to assume responsibility for our brothers and sisters. After Cain killed his brother Abel, God asked him where his brother was. Cain responded, “Am I
my brother’s keeper?”
The evils of the world can be lumped into one huge pile of licentiousness, selfishness, greed, and—of course—pride. We are so proud of ourselves. It’s so easy to stand with our heads held high and look down on the rest of
the world with judgment. My friends, I believe it is us who deserve judgment.
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