The more often I read these statements, the more arrogant and insensate they appear to me. These people may be creationists for all I know, but they apparently are fervent supporters of the concept of survival of the fittest! And they may be "good Christians," but if they are, they have forgotten two New Testament admonitions (Mythmaker philosophy is eclectic, willing to extract whatever is valuable from any spiritual writing):
These same people are probably anti-abortion, but why care for a fetus any more than you would care for your Alzheimer-stricken parent -- neither can take care of itself or has any ability to contribute to society or its own welfare. The argument would be -- but the fetus has the potential to contribute. OK, but don't we owe something to our parent, for the contribution it made to our own lives in the past? Do we simply lay our failing family members out on the curb and sit rocking on the porch, sipping lemonade and watching while they die? Quite a reality show, yes?
So, the empathy that impels us to care for the weak and less fortunate -- those who can't take of themselves -- is a distinctly human trait. This may be to our detriment as a species, because it throws off the balance of nature (there are too many humans on the Earth and we are very good at finding ways to keep ourselves alive), but however that may be, I would not want to exist in a world where the dominant intelligent species lacks qualities of compassion and empathy and the instinct to take care of the less fortunate.
The next Mythmaker post will delve more deeply into what it means to be human.