Saturday, February 02, 2008

Moral Confusion

Joseph Epstein's Introduction to The Norton Book of Personal Essays contains this naked reflection of the untenable contradictions of the zeitgeist:

I do not believe that an early fetus is quite truly human. I do not even believe that all people must accept the responsibility for their actions, especially when this acceptance entails possible hardship for an entirely innocent third party, the poor child. Medically meticulous abortion, thoughtfully entered into, therefore seems to be intelligent, sensible, even enlightened.

3 comments:

James Atticus Bowden said...

Wrestling with your conscience and winning.

Or, the morality of making it up as you go along.

James Atticus Bowden said...

Wrestling with your conscience and winning.

Tessie's Dad said...

To paraphrase:
"I do not believe that anyone who could write that paragraph is quite truly human."

So, Mr. Epstein, if an early death is preferable to a life of poverty (in your opinion), when do you think we should start euthanizing the poor?

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