Has there ever been a more perfect instrument for seeing "with" rather than "through" the eye than the camera? What a multitude of lies it has engendered. Wars are lost through its emotional control on people. Terrorists can hold the world hostage by capturing our attention and then pummeling us with their ideological extremism. Our courts are turned into stage productions. Heinous crimes are trivialized by being parlayed as mass entertainment. Children, who do not even know what legitimate human sexuality is all about, are exposed to rapacious acts, thus forcing a barrage of questions in little minds. Actors and actresses carouse and consume passions on one another, bastardizing the word "love." Advertising, with its sheer nonsense, convinces us that happiness is the next car or refrigerator. The way to build a happy marriage is to use the most recent discovery in shampoos, and so on. Materialism and hedonism have found a great inroad when life is seen with the eye and not through the eye.
It is good for you to know up front that this challenge is usually offered in a self-refuting way. It defeats itself because it is a challenge to you that you ought not force others or ask others to live according to your moral point of view. Yet that challenge itself is a moral point of view that someone else believes in and is asking you to live by. To put it simply, they're forcing their morality on you when they say that you shouldn't force your morality on someone else.
We shall not weary, we shall not rest, until every unborn child is protected in law and welcomed in life. We shall not weary, we shall not rest, until all the elderly who have run life’s course are protected against despair and abandonment, protected by the rule of law and the bonds of love. We shall not weary, we shall not rest, until every young woman is given the help she needs to recognize the problem of pregnancy as the gift of life. We shall not weary, we shall not rest, as we stand guard at the entrance gates and the exit gates of life, and at every step along way of life, bearing witness in word and deed to the dignity of the human person¯of every human person.
But whatever happens, and without implying any sense of moral equivalency, how sad and unjust it is that the Cuban people have been condemned to oppression for five decades under a kind of double despotism: communism internally and sanctions externally.
May this be the last Christmas to see this injustice.
It doesn't matter how much evidence there is that some groups work harder in school, perform better and spend more postgraduate years studying to acquire valuable skills in medicine, science or engineering. If the economic end results are unequal, that is treated as a grievance against those with better outcomes, and a sign of an "unfair" society.