Monday, November 05, 2007

Yes, let's walk a mile in another person's shoes

Abortion and euthanasia are two of the most controversial topics today. Mention either and heated arguments pro and con arise. But who, other than the pregnant woman, should have the right to choose whether to accept the life-changing birth of a child? And who but the terminally ill person, suffering a painful disease, should be the one to make the decision to end this time on earth?

The world would be a kinder, gentler place if only we could learn how to walk a mile in another person’s shoes.

Yes, let's walk a mile in another person's shoes.

Let's walk a mile in the woman who is pregnant. And the shoes of the unborn child.

Wait-- no one considers the unborn child. How convenient. And he's the one who loses his life.

Let's walk a mile in the shoes of the patient who is dying (who actually wants to live but doesn't want to be a burden). Or the doctor who will be forced to perform euthanasia. Or the disabled person who will feel forced to die to free up a hospital bed.

The problem with the "walking a mile in another person's shoes" lines, is that it doesn't give you the principles to judge actions, and people have a way of thinking of only one party.