On the opinion page of the Catholic Times a Salesian recalls the days as a young priest when he saw the harm students faced, because of ferocious competition. Many of them to forget the scars, shame, frustration and sense of inferiority, resorted to inhaling of glue and gas.
No matter how
much effort was made to make clear the harm to health, it did
not change behavior. He laments that society doesn't do more to keep
intoxicants out of the hands of children as they do with alcohol and
He also has problems with the mixed martial
arts matches we have in Korea. They are the kick boxing type of matches, that bring out the worse in those who are in the ring. It is not uncommon for the loser to be taken to the hospital after
one of the matches. One of the reasons some use to justify the matches
is the primitive instinct towards violence that some have, is neutralized by
watching the matches. Christians do not see it this way. One member of National Assembly, because of his interest and
activities, enabled the dropping of the matches from public television.
is what energizes the culture of death and the two examples the writer
gives us are an infinitesimal part of the problem. Thanks to Pope
John Paul II in his encyclical Gospel of Life, we hear about the culture
of life and the culture of death. Without realizing what is
happening, there are many things we countenance as normal that are destructive to life.
human life has value from its beginning to natural death. As Christians
we should be firmly and unconditionally on the side of life. Like the
priming water that was used in the pumps of the past to bring water up,
we should bring out the good from others by our words and actions that promote life. What we mean
by the culture of death is not difficult to surmise, if we allow our
natural feelings to control our thoughts and see reality as it is
without any rationalizations and pretexts.
his article by reminding us that our indiscriminate desire for development feeds the culture of death. We devalue life. Pope Francis
mentioned while in Korea, "We need to fight against the culture of death
that profanes the dignity of our humanity." The writer wants us to boycott all
that is not on the side of life.