The Catholic Church feels that all life is sacred. The dignity of the human person is the foundation of a moral vision for society. Direct attacks on innocent persons are never morally acceptable, at any stage or in any condition. Who is right, the Catholic Church or Neal Shusterman and the book Unwind on the right to life issues? The Catholic Church views on right to life are very understandable in the fact that it is our body and nobody else’s but at the same time just because it is our life does not mean we get to choose when it is time to leave.
If we live, we are responsible to the Lord, and when we die we are responsible to the Lord. Both in life and in death we belong to the Lord”(Romans 14:18), because the fact of the matter is that we were brought into this world by God, yes, but we did not decide when we came into this world.
So the Catholic Church’s understanding is that since God knew where and when to put you in, it is also his duty to take you out as well. We do not “possess” the right to death.
The Church’s view on right to death is almost the exact opposite to right to life, where life is our gift from God that is an inalienable right. It cannot be taken away by another or by the person them self. For a Christian, however, life is worthy in and of itself, and not because it meets certain criteria that we or others set.
In Unwind by Neal Shusterman, Shusterman describes a future America that argues the right to life. Shusterman, I feel, is against the right to life because the unwinding process reminds me too much of the death penalty which is surely not pro right to life.
Shusterman proclaims, “One thing you learn when you’ve lived as long as I have-people aren’t all good, and people aren’t all bad. We move in and out of darkness and light all of our lives. Right now, I’m pleased to be in the light. ” This quote lets me understand that not everyone in the book is an equal and that is why these kids are getting unwound, because they are not as good as the others or their parents do not love them as much as they love the others.
Throughout reading this book, Shusterman did not really describe a world that is pro right to life, but as I read more and more I felt that this unwinding process and the thought of being unwound really connected to me and to the characters individually. It truly made Connor, Risa, Lev, and I ponder of what our lives truly mean. Even though Shusterman and the Catholic Church seem to have different views, they really have some similar views as well.
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