"IT'S A MAD, MAD, Mad, Mad World!"
That was the name of the uproarious comedy
with Spencer Tracy and Buddy Hackett as the
main actors way back in 1963. I still remember
the title of the film because it depicts
crudely the kind of world we are living in!
Common sense, this gut-level knowledge
should be so common, is fast disappearing.
In a world increasingly devoted to
of knowledge, where everyone is specializing
in a narrow area and neglecting the
picture, common sense is no longer
Not only in individuals but also in
Want a few examples?
Abortion or Immigration
One of the big political issues in
at the moment is whether the State
double immigration to half a million
No, it is not love for the immigrants
the refugees which is pushing forward
initiative. It is simply cold, hard
Canada's birthrate is so low that by
year 2040, the current lifestyle for
aging population would be seriously
- pension plans, health care, income
programs and other social services
fall apart unless there are more active
The irony lies in the fact that Canada
have her own people working and sustaining
its own economy and its own elder generation.
If only they make a stop to abortion!
1970, the year Canada's abortion laws
to unravel, nearly two million Canadian
have had their brief life deliberately
If they have been given a chance to
they could have helped Canada in more
Contraception and Cancer
The Catholic Church practically remains
only international institution which
against contraception. Many classify
position of the Church as crude and
Even within the Church itself, many
this teaching simply not practical.
it just happens that even medically
is on the right track. Many studies
shown that the biggest risk for breast
is .... the pill.
Dr Samuel Epstein speaking at the world
on breast cancer in Ottawa last week,
how there has been a 125 per cent increase
in the States in the incidence of cancer
linked to estrogen levels. Epstein
to the pill as a major risk factor
of the added estrogen it puts in the
Obviously the money driven medical
have a vested interest in obscuring
stand which the Church has taken in
Television and Kids
We have been saying it all along! A
report says that children under two
not watch television, not even Barney
Sesame Street! This electronic babysitter
has to give way to real people! This
was endorsed by the American Academy
Research has shown that watching television
may interfere with a child's brain
It is not just the content but the
watching of television affects brain
Direct interaction with parents and
(if available!) is necessary for babies
toddlers to develop social, emotional
cognitive skills. Was there any need
research to tell us the obvious? We
it all along. Media consumption has
health effects on children... and,
way, also on adults. It makes us more
less creative, gives us a distorted
of reality, makes us less social orientated.
"Physical inactivity is a problem.
in children has climbed 20-25 per cent
Pets over people
Animal lovers are lining up to offer
to a pregnant mutt found aboard a Chinese
migrant ship which landed illegally
North of Canada. Yet a poll suggests
97 per cent of Canadians wants these
immigrants be sent home. Just this
unruly group gathered outside an Ontario
courthouse to hurl obscenities at a
of dragging his dog behind his truck.
question is why no one bothers to show
on the courthouse steps when it is,
say, a rapist.
n Hawaii I noticed that the only part
the cemetery which is always covered
flowers is the section dedicated to
pets. Gilles Letour of the charity
believes people feel increasingly powerless
to help each other and so direct their
Sentimentality? Contemporary empathy?!
issue is not why people care so much
animals, but why people do not care
about harm inflicted against people!
Euthanasia known as "Sweet Death"
In Holland, a bill has just been introduced
in the Chamber of Deputies which, if
would legalize euthanasia even for
as young as 12 years old! Even against
parents' wish! It is the right of everyone
to kill himself when he wants! "How
can a child be abandoned at such a
and final moment?" the editor
Vatican Osservatore Romano asks. "How
can one be sure that a 12 year-old
who condemns himself to death, is expressing
his real feelings?"
It looks as if he "Nederlandse
voor Vrijwillige Euthanasie" (NvvE)
will achieve its objective. The NvvE
Dutch association that promotes voluntary
euthanasia. It is a very powerful group
in 15 years of activity has been successful
first, in conditioning the media, then
College of Doctors and, finally, the
powers. Its strategy has been to fight
"quality of life," presenting
to public opinion as an "extremely
Who is Crazy?
One can multiply these bizarre facts
are happening just around us. In the
of tolerance, society is promoting
of values and ethical principles.
If we want to get out of this quagmire,
have to go back to the real values
dignity of every human person, the
for inviolable and inalienable human
the adoption of the "common good"
as the end and criterion regulating
life. We have to regain our sanity
There will come a time, stated Abba Anthony,
the first of the Desert Fathers, when everyone
will become crazy and when they see a normal
person, they will laugh at him and chase
him away, saying : "Look! A crazy man"!!!!!
Simply because he is different from them.
Perhaps those times have arrived! The crazy
has become normal and the normal has become
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