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Letter: Sanctity of life

To the Editor:

When I was in the military in the mid-1950s, I frequented the base library. I came across a biography of Albert Schweitzer, the renowned medical doctor, who selflessly offered his medical expertise to the African people. He embraced the idea of the “sanctity of life” for all living creatures. 

I became aware of the irony of being a part of an institution whose mission was to destroy life while becoming enthralled with the idea of the sanctity of life. This idea is anathema to those whose wealth is dependant on the destruction of living ecosystems and the animals, plants and humans that exist there. 

It is projected that 100,000 species will become extinct if the planet continues to warm. The rising temperatures in the U.S., Asia and Latin America have resulted in thousands of deaths. The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse are haunting the earth. For short-term gains, the oil and gas interests, the mining sector, the lumber interests, etc., are fighting policies that could stop the headlong plunge into the abyss of no return.

Fires, floods, famine, resource wars have resulted in millions of people fleeing their communities, where they can no longer make a living.  Uprooted and desperate, these mass movements will only increase. 

The richer nations, many former imperialist countries, who exploited the poorer nations of the south, are now unwilling to help them and are closing their borders and their pocket books. The nationalist ideology, with its emphasis of white supremacy, is a negation of Schweitzer’s “sanctity of life.” It divides humankind into those few who control the world’s wealth and the struggling masses. Another, more equitable world is possible. 

Donald Torrence

Joliet

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