This truly is a matter of life and death

By Dr. Straight

A wise leader once declared, “Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter”, which poses the question: is there such a thing as absolute truth, which predetermines those behaviours that are decidedly and inherently evil? Or does right and wrong join the list of that which lies in the eye of the beholder? Perhaps it has become that the majority simply no longer care either way.

Once upon a time, the laws of our land helped us to distinguish between right and wrong. If a certain behaviour was deemed to be unlawful, there was a good chance that behaviour was unequivocally wrong. For those operating within the confines of the law, the opposite was also true. These were the days when the framework of New Zealand society leaned towards Christian morality in determining truth, and thus establishing laws. Nowadays, the definition of right and wrong is settled according to individual whim. No longer can we look to the government as a means to set our moral, or even ethical, compass.

We have entered a time in our nation’s history where acceptance is the mantra of the day. Society is called upon to embrace one and all, and to cease questioning the decisions of others. It all sounds very ‘PC tolerant’ on the face of it, but where does that leave us when those decisions, sanctioned by the government, start to impact on the mortality of others? Where does that leave us when the law no longer protects our right to be alive?

Whether or not the medical profession referred to you as a ‘human being’ in the days or weeks or months leading up to your birth has no bearing on the fact that without that imperative gestation period, you would not be here today. Your mother made the decision to nurture you during those precious nine months, and I’ll bet that her instinct was to do all she could to protect your life from harm, as did the law. For those mothers in our community who lack this same capacity for nurture, we need to surround them with life-sustaining support and information in its entirety. And as was the case when you were conceived, our laws must continue to protect the lives of the pre-born.

In a nation where our government departments proudly display the old proverb, “He aha te mea nui o te ao. He tangata, he tangata, he tangata”, that same government contemplates removing the gavel from our kukune right to life. Surely this is the definition of hypocrisy.

To those who have influence in the chambers to which we voted you, and to those who have ears to hear, will you choose to uphold the truth as it relates to right and wrong, or will you bow to the will of the popular, the pleasers of self, and the powerful? You have the opportunity to call evil evil, or you have the opportunity to call evil good. Choose as you will, but do so under no illusion, because this truly is a matter of life and death.