Most people today look at Nazi Germany with a sort of befuddled wonderment. They consider it the pinnacle of human evil, but they do not comprehend how a nation could get to that point and view it as some sort of aberration. Of course such analysis ignores the other “great evil” – American slavery – about which everybody assumes racism is the cause, never realizing that it takes a capacity for evil far beyond mere racism to get into such a state. In fact they ignore most of human history and that it is really only the Christianized west that has ever developed to a point where such atrocities look aberrant rather than the norm. Humanity is capable of extraordinary evil -and worse we are capable of justifying it to ourselves.
Remember in August the furor in many circles over the CBS story about how Iceland, among the least religious countries on the planet, had virtually eradicated Down Syndrome through an aggressive program of genetic screening and abortion? (Awfully close to eugenics, wouldn’t you say?) Well, that particular evil is not ending there – it is getting worse. You’ll have to forgive the article I link to here, it is written by someone for whom English is a second language and most of the links/references are in Dutch or German, but there are people in Europe arguing that,”Handicapped children cost money, so parents: abort or face a fine.” In other words, under the auspices of socialized medicine (otherwise known as “single payer”) and socialized childcare, the argument is being made that to give birth to a child, known prenatally to be handicapped, is morally abhorrent. Here is great evil born not of impulse but reason. As one respondent quoted in the article said, “We haven’t come this close to Nazi before.”
If that does not send a shudder down your spine, if you do not want to cast out the person making such arguments as demonic, then let me suggest that you are part of the problem. I know, we are supposed to be reasonable and accepting of all people, but we cannot let the need to be reasonable provide cover to the advocation of such evil. Evil must be declared as the evil it is. Where does this stop? What about the severely disabled in their final years? Forget the “cost of dying” stuff and just think about those that suffer from Alzheimer’s or dementia. Such people are very expensive to care for. Are we to declare their life as too expensive to maintain and euthanize them? What “reasonable” difference is their between the abortion argument and the one I just made? This is more than “those that do not remember history are doomed to repeat it.” This is Wormwood whispering in the ear of his patient.
It is not enough that we be able to reason well and argue ably. Here you see that reason and argument can be perverted as easily as anything else. There must be more, we must be transformed on such fundamental levels that when we hear seeming reason like this we are repulsed. We need be transformed.