If we accept the principle that universal human rights are worth embracing, then all human life must be included within this ideal. That's what "universal" means. Human rights begin when human life begins and ends with life's natural conclusion. Anything else is either ignorance or sophistry and bigotry." -- Mark Davis Pickup
Thursday, August 30, 2007
International anti-euthanasia organization comments on Mark Pickup's blog reflections
The following appears on the Compassionate Healthcare International website http://www.chninternational.com/AUTHORS%20LINK.htm
MARK PICKUP Disability activist who has MS
Mark Pickup is a Canadian writer. His commentaries are widely published throughout North America. He is incurably ill and disabled with multiple sclerosis.
Mark Pickup is a much sought after speaker. His writings are both inspirational and motivational and have been widely published. If blogs were being rated on scale of one to ten, I would rate his blog a perfect ten. Anyone who struggles with their health will profit from reading his articles. Mark speaks eloquently and softly from his heart and bravely asks and answers some of life's most difficult questions. Like Rembrandt used his eyes and brush, Mark uses his eyes and then pens those visions down for us to read...and before our very eyes appear a vision of remarkable beauty that perhaps we have never thought of in the way Mark has. Consider this example from a recent post wherein Mark gives us a most visual imprint. He begins with a question:
"Have you ever wondered why God put his precious gift of life in such fragile packaging? If life is so sacred and precious - as the Scriptures proclaim - then why did God place it in bodies made of flesh and bones? Skin and flesh tear and bleed; bones and hearts break."
At that point, I paused, I was visually stuck on his words "such fragile packaging" and the picture of the small child, with skin that can 'tear and bleed', and whose bones and heart can be broken. I read on, Mark asks another deep question,
"Why didn't God encase his precious gift of life in bodies as tough as granite with the human psyche safely guarded, as though behind some fortress? Such thoughts occasionally arise within me from a desire to protect loved ones from life's pains and sorrows. After all, there would be no need to wipe away tears if none are shed. But then, humans encased in bodies like granite, with hearts like stone, would be of no use to God or man. Granite is impenetrable. Hearts of stone would never ache, break or melt."
The above is a small snip from, Love will ultimately prevail dated Wednesday, April 4, 2007.
Visit Mark Pickup's blog reflections often at http://humanlifematters.blogspot.com/ or http://markpickup.blogspot.com/ .