Michael Gerson: Honoring the dignity of the most vulnerable

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  • george of the jungle goshen, UT
    Feb. 17, 2014 6:37 a.m.

    What is life?

  • samhill Salt Lake City, UT
    Feb. 16, 2014 11:39 a.m.

    "The answer is this: Because honoring the dignity of the most vulnerable strengthens the ideal of human dignity itself."
    I could not agree more and applaud Mr. Gerson for pointing this out.

    I do fault him for failing to include the most egregious examples of dishonor people, in this case the most vulnerable of all.

    For over 40 years it has been legal to kill someone for no more reason than they are unwanted and not yet born. Such a person is both completely innocent and helpless. They depend utterly on the ethics of their society and parents, particularly their mother. I believe their are very rare and extreme circumstances where killing such a child is both very, very tragic and proper. But, of the 55+ Million who have been killed, the vast majority were for grossly improper reasons.

    So, I hope our society does better at treating **everyone** humanely and with the honor they deserve. I'm certain that recent data showing a decrease in the rate of killing unborn children is at least partly because more people understand such treatment is especially important for the most vulnerable among us.