Editor’s note: This letter first appeared in the May 23rd print edition of the Central Virginian, and is only available online to paying subscribers. It has been re-posted here in Blue Louisa as a complement Dave Ruether’s May 25th op-ed, also in Blue Louisa.
The notion that the value of human life is subjective – that it fluctuates based on the worth assigned to it by another – is the most destructive philosophy in human history.
It is the philosophy that drives racism, genocide, and all other factional conflict. There are biological and evolutionary theories that propose tribalism, the belief in the superiority and the prioritization of people who are similar to you, is hardwired into our psyche. However, there are many biologically driven urges towards violence which we suppress because of their immorality. In order to respect the dignity and rights of our fellow man, we are called to overcome our nature.
We have failed miserably many times. In all cases of violence driven by perceived inherent differences, whether it be race, religion, or ideology, almost always the belligerents are so confident in the superiority of their position that they are convinced the offending characteristics of their opposition is incompatible with true humanity.
The pseudo-science justifying racial oppression of African slaves is one example. It was claimed that the psychology of Africans made them more servile and that their biology made them better adapted to physical labor. In this way they were portrayed as less than-human. Why? Because if the status of African humanity was compatible with that of their slaveholders, then enslavement of the slaveholders would be equally as justified.
Today, the most fatal application of sub-human status is on the unborn. They’ve been labeled as less-than-human because of the stage of their physical development and, like all groups who’ve been given that label, suffered greatly. Since 1973 over 63 million unborn children have been aborted, greater than the population of California and New York combined. The morality of ending life on this massive scale has been tacitly accepted by society primarily based on the arguments that a person can choose that those lives possess less inherent value – the life of an unwanted child is worth less, or nothing.
This philosophy is wrong. The value of human life is not subjective, life has an objective, inalterable, and universal value. Abortion is immoral because the right to life is the most fundamental quality of humanity. All people, wanted or unwanted, have the same, immeasurable value. Left undisturbed, nearly every baby in the womb would develop into a person whose right to life would be undeniable to even the most ardent supporters of abortion. The moral crisis of abortion is much more severe when we recognize that the humanity and the inherent value of the unborn is equal to our own.
We cannot live in a harmonious society that respects the rights and dignity of each person if we believe a person’s worth is so malleable. Understanding the truth that the circumstances of a person’s birth, their physical qualities, or status in society do not determine the value of their life, that by virtue of being human they possess natural rights, is the only way to live peacefully.
Editor's Note: Mr. Adam's has worked for some of Virginia's most extreme politicians, such as State Senator Bryce Reeves, former state delegate and now 6th district Congressman, Ben Cline, and his father, Mineral District Supervisor, Duane Adams.
Nor is it any coincidence that misleading screeds like this one have become a regular fixture on the Central Virginian's op-ed page ever since his father ran for Mineral District Supervisor in 2017.
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