Wednesday, September 08, 2004

Cultural Elites Promote Death

A new movie recently screened at the Venice Film Festival represents the latest effort to glorify death and those who promote it.

The movie, "Mar Adentro" ("Out to Sea"), is the story of a man who fought for the right to die after an accident paralyzed him.

The movie "was greeted with enthusiastic applause at a preview showing for the press, giving it an early lead in the competition for the Golden Lion."

It tells the fictionalized story of Ramon Sampedro, a Galician sailor who was paralyzed from the neck down in a diving accident at the age of 25. He campaigned for the next three decades for the right to die then took his own life.

Sampedro became an international symbol for those who advocated euthanasia.

This is how the Culture of Death advances. The "beautiful people" adopt an idea, and soon it becomes de rigeur among the chattering classes. Then it becomes part of the Received Wisdom of the editorial board of the New York Times. Then the engine of popular culture popularizes it and makes it look attractive by wrapping it in an image of heroism, opposing entrenched forces of medieval superstition and obscurantism, etc.

And the people who produce popular culture are very good at what they do, so they frequently succeed.

This happened with contraception and abortion, it's happening now with gay "rights" and same-sex marriage, and now it's happening with euthanasia.

When are we Catholics going to wake up to and address the power of the culture around us? When are we going to start providing an antidote to the poison?