Have We Lost What It Means to Be Human?

The Giver & Abortion

In the fictional world of The Giver, twelve year old Jonas lives in a highly controlled futuristic society. His is life and future is ruled by the ideology of Sameness, a social construct designed to eliminate the unpredictable aspects of the human experience. Spousal love, grief, sensory pleasures, parental care, and the experience of pain have mostly been eradicated.

To his horror, Jonas unearths a truth about his seemingly well-ordered world: newborn children are clinically discarded if deemed unfit or inconvenient to society.

As he ages, Jonas also learns of another way; a past experience of humanity that once cherished family, parents, children and love.  In taking care of an unwanted baby, he is haunted by what once was and filled with the hope of what could be.

Though a work a fiction, the parallels of The Giver with our culture’s abortion industry are striking and sobering. This seems particularly true in what’s revealed in several Texas abortion clinics.

According to a video released by Life Dynamics, three former employees of Houston-based abortionist Douglas Karpen share the details of unspeakable practices that have occurred in his facilities. They discuss abortions taking place “way over 26 weeks” and living babies being killed.

Similarities between the Kermitt Gosnell case are being cited. How do we as a society account for this kind of evil?

Perhaps, as Lois Lowry’s novel explores, we’ve increasingly lost our understanding of what it means to be human. The more aggressively our culture esteems comfort and convenience as its primary virtues, the more dehumanized we become and the more we enable these kinds of heinous acts.

However, as Jonas discovers, there is a better way for humanity; one that re-imagines flourishing for all people. Visit Alliance Defending Freedom and see how we’re critically engaged in the fight to foster this kind of vision.

Author: Alliance Defending Freedom