Is this AMERICA? Part 3
By Mary Ann Collins
September 25, 2007
Alexis de Tocqueville (1805-1859) visited America and tried to find out the secret of her greatness. He said,
"I sought for the greatness and genius of America in her commodious harbors and her ample rivers - and it was not there... in her fertile fields and boundless forests and it was not there... in her rich mines and her vast world commerce -- and it was not there... in her democratic Congress and her matchless Constitution - and it was not there. Not until I went into the churches of America and heard her pulpits flame with righteousness did I understand the secret of her genius and power. America is great because she is good, and if America ever ceases to be good, she will cease to be great."
De Tocqueville would not recognize America today. But he would see that his statement was all too true. For decades, America's goodness has been declining, and as a result, our greatness as a nation is also declining.
BIOETHICS AND INVOLUNTARY EUTHANASIA
Bioethics is the study of the moral and ethical implications of new discoveries in biology and medicine. Bioethicists and medical experts have been doing some things that would surprise most Americans.
For over 15 years, some American hospitals and nursing homes have been denying food and fluids to people who are unable to speak for themselves. In some cases they are doing this against the wishes of patients and families. This is involuntary euthanasia, making patients die of thirst and starvation in spite of the fact that they want to live.
More and more hospitals have written protocols saying that "futile health care" (including food and water) should not be provided. In addition, state and federal legislation has been introduced to empower doctors to deny life-sustaining medical treatment, even when patients and their families want it.1
Some bioethicists believe that it is alright to do medical research on people who are "nearly dead." Physically living people who have been declared to be "brain dead" are being used for organ donations and for medical research.2
Such ideas and practices are actively promoted by the Kennedy Institute of Ethics.3 It trains doctors, nurses, lawyers, legislators, teachers, and hospital administrators. It also has an annual summer "Intensive Bioethics Course" which is attended by people from around the world. It has branches in Asia and Europe. According to the woman I spoke with there, it has the most comprehensive library of bioethics literature in the world.
For detailed information about such matters, you can read Wesley J. Smith's book "Forced Exit: Euthanasia, Assisted Suicide, and the New Duty to Die" (Encounter Books, 1997). It gives evidence that many people who have been euthanized were neither terminally ill nor in intense pain. This book documents abuses that are already occurring in America, and which will increase unless the tide is turned.
LACK OF RESPECT FOR HUMAN LIFE
There is a stone monument in northeastern Georgia that is over 19 feet high and weighs approximately 119 tons. These are the Georgia Guidestones. Chiseled into them, in several languages, are ten new "commandments" for mankind. The first of these "commandments" is: "Maintain humanity under 500,000,000 in perpetual balance with nature."4
The world's population is about 6.6 billion people.5 In order to get it down to 500,000,000 (half a billion), it would be necessary to kill off over six billion people.
Some influential people are deadly serious about reducing the human population. For example, Alexander King (co-founder of the Club of Rome, which is an influential globalist organization) is upset because DDT almost eliminated malaria in Guyana. He said that malaria is a "natural population control" and eradicating it is harmful because it causes an increase in population. He asked, "Why should humans get priority over other forms of life?" And he complained about a lack of respect for mosquitos.6
In 2006, the Texas Academy of Sciences had a meeting that included a speech by Dr. Eric R. Pianka, who is an ecologist. He believes that human beings are "no better than bacteria." He also believes that the earth is being ruined by the number of people who are living on it. He said that the population of human beings should be about ten percent of what it presently is. (That is close to the goal set by the Georgia Guidestones.)
Dr. Pianka discussed some possible ways of reducing the human population, concluding that it would probably be done most effectively by a killer disease. He praised the Ebola virus for its efficiency in killing. (It is airborne, which makes it highly contagious, and it has a mortality rate of about 90% in humans.)
Now Dr. Pianka was NOT talking about some conspiracy to unleash a killer virus on the world. Rather, in his desire to see earth's ecology be "balanced" by a decreased human population, he discussed the potential effectiveness of things that might cause it to happen.
The amazing thing is that Dr. Pianka's speech received "loud, vigorous and enthusiastic applause." Many of the scientists gave him a standing ovation.7
Those enthusiastic scientists may not have been seeing the full picture. They may be people who care about ecology, plants and animals, but who have not thought through what eliminating large numbers of people really means. In other words, "balancing the ecology" is real and three-dimensional for them, but the death of large numbers of people is a mental abstraction.
I suspect that those enthusiastic scientists probably never stopped to think about what it would actually mean in real life. They never thought about having their friends and family members and colleagues (and perhaps themselves) die of some horrible disease. The Bible talks about such people. It says, "Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools" (Romans 1:22).
VIDEO GAMES PROMOTE CRUELTY AND VIOLENCE
Violent video games can result in desensitization and brutalization. Lt. Col. David Grossman is an expert in the field of killology. He asks, "Are we training our children to kill?" Grossman says that point-and-shoot video games actually train players to shoot and kill human targets, in spite of their natural resistance to killing people. He has statistics which validate his conclusions.8
Manhunt is one of the most notorious role-playing video games for promoting violence. It has victims die in horrible ways. This game has been blamed for "a series of real life crimes."9
Now there are video games that have players do more than killing. They torture people, watch the gore, hear the screams, and get rewarded by the game for doing it. According to the Medical Foundation for the Care and Victims of Torture (U.K.), violent video games that encourage players to enjoy torturing their opponents "demonstrates a dangerous decline in social attitudes towards inflicting suffering."
One such game is Reservoir Dogs, in which players role play being "psychos" or "professionals," depending on the amount of pain and harm they inflict on other players. According to the Medical Foundation, when people play such games, "acts of torture are somehow normalized, and people playing such games become desensitized to torture." The kinds of torture used in this game include things such as burning people's eyes out while they scream until they die.10
According to one review, the game can be played without killing people, but "the attraction is in causing a bloodbath." Reservoir Dogs was banned in Australia, but that only increased interest in the game in other parts of the world.11
WHAT CAN WE DO?
Jesus warned us that, before His return, there would be so much ungodly behavior that many people would stop loving. He said, "And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold." (Matthew 24:12)
We need to be sure that our love for God, and for our brothers and sisters in Christ, and for the lost, does not grow cold.
Philippians 2:15 tells us to be "blameless and harmless, the sons of God, without rebuke, in the midst of a crooked and perverse nation, among whom ye shine as lights in the world."
Have you ever had your electricity go out during a storm? Did you notice how even a small candle can be seen from a distance when there is no other light? The more the darkness increases around us, the more our light will shine. Instead of being discouraged because of the increasing darkness, we need to focus on having our light shine brighter.
As the darkness increases, we will need to focus more and more on the "whatsoevers" of Philippians 4:8 (things that are true, honest, just, pure, virtuous, and praiseworthy). This will help us take our thoughts captive to Christ. (See 2 Corinthians 10:5.)
It helps to keep the perspective of eternity. This world is not our true home. We are citizens of Heaven. If we are serious about Heaven, then we will have more strength to deal with the pressures and temptations and discouragements of this world.
"God is the strength of my heart, and my portion forever." (Psalm 73:26)
"He said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness." (2 Corinthians 12:9)
"And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose." (Romans 8:28)
"I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee." (Hebrews 13:5)
"I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Amen." (Matthew 28:20)
"And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away." (Revelation 21:4)
See also Is this America? Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 4
The emerging New World Order | Barbed Wire Camps for American Citizens
1. "Doc Knows Best" by Wesley J. Smith (1/6/2003) http://www.nationalreview.com/comment/comment-smith010603.asp
2. "Connecting the Dots: Sanctity of life threatened on many fronts" by Wesley J. Smith (1/24/2003) http://www.nationalreview.com/comment/comment-smith012403.asp
3. The Kennedy Institute of Ethics, http://kennedyinstitute.georgetown.edu/index.htm
4. "The New Ten Commandments: The Georgia Guidestones," http://www.crossroad.to/articles2/2002/carl-teichrib/guidestones.htm
5. "World Population," http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/World_population
6. "Deadly Environmentalists" by Walter E. Williams (8/15/2007) http://www.townhall.com/columnists/WalterEWilliams/2007/08/15/deadly_environmentalists
7. "Meeting Dr. Doom" by Forrest M. Mims III, http://www.infowars.com/articles/life/population_reduction_mims_responds_pianka.htm
8. "Toying with Death: Learning to Love Evil and Crave Violence," http://www.crossroad.to/articles2/007/toying-with-death.htm
9. "The Dark Side" (reviews 4 video games, including Manhunt), http://www.fyrne.com/Article_pages/The_dark_side.html
10. "Medical Foundation Urges Retailers to Boycott Violent Video Games Promoting Torture," http://www.torturecare.org.uk/news/latest_news/296
11. "The Dark Side" (reviews 4 video games, including Reservoir Dogs), http://www.fyrne.com/Article_pages/The_dark_side.html