Friday, September 12, 2008

What is the Value of Life?

My Dad came home from work in the evening the other day. I was setting up my dialysis machine when he walked in. He told me that a family friend's daughter had died. She was home alone when she fell down the stairs and hit her head. Since nobody was home, she wasn't discovered until hours later...by then, it was too late.

I didn't know her personally, but I couldn't get it off of my mind. It just surprised me. It just brings forth how precious life is. Here I am, a girl with Lupus and ESRD. People often look at me with their sad eyes, shaking their heads in pity, as if my life is some sort of eventual death sentence. Yet, I'm still here...and there are tons of people who woke up this morning, perfectly fine...not knowing that would be the last time they'd be getting up from that bed, brushing their teeth, taking that shower...

There have been a number of crimes and murders in my city. Just a 2 minute drive from my house, a teenager at a bus stop was shot dead right across the street from a high school. That same week, a man was shot on the highway in a moving vehicle. It appears that the shooter and the victim were in the same vehicle. It is unclear whether he jumped out of the passenger side of the car or if he was pushed out. It doesn't really matter. He was murdered. In 2 separate and unrelated attacks, two women were stabbed to death in their apartments. Both assailants are still on the loose.

By no means do I live in a "bad" neighbourhood, but the amount of crime is astounding. It's scary. It just reminds me how much I value my life, and I wish others valued not only their lives, but the lives of others too. These people who commit these crimes...do they even begin to really understand the severity of ending someone's life? What can someone do that is SO bad that would cause you to want to end their life? Make fun of you? Say something bad about you? "Diss" your girl/boyfriend? Decide they don't or no longer want to be your girl/boyfriend? What kind of fatal mistake can one make that will ultimately seal their fate?

I'm here wth all of these health issues, yet I live on, much after others who are, medically, perfectly healthy. I value my life, and I value the lives of others. I wish these people out there committing these crimes did too.

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