The font of life
|Mother and Child by Frederic Leighton|
And of course, when anyone has the gall, the bare-faced cheek, the sheer effrontery, to suggest that women should have to register for the draft the same way that men do in order to vote, that suggestion is immediately met with shrieks of outrage.
One woman in a tribe can mean the difference between its survival and its total destruction.
But if a woman rejects these protections and insists on expending her most valuable attributes of youth, beauty, and fertility on chasing money, career, and men, then she does not deserve the protection, nurturing, respect, or love of men. She has turned her back on the very things that make her valuable - and has thrown away the very currency that she, and only she, can use to get what she wants out of life.
The hard reality that every woman must face is that her currency depreciates rapidly. Her opportunities to secure a good mate and family are limited. If she refuses to become a wife and a mother, in evolutionary terms, she is a dead end.
Feminists and leftists can scream about "misogyny" all they like in the face of unpleasant facts. Those facts do not care what they think.
And Christianity views innocent human life as sacrosanct, which means that a female foetus has every bit as much value in a Christian society as a male one does. Sex-selective abortion is anathema to Christians; abortion is murder, plain and simple, regardless of the sex of the child.
Or take Indian culture, where even among Hindu households, abuse of women is far more rampant than it is in the (nominally) Christian West. Up until the British outlawed the practice - and in so doing produced the single best quote about multiculturalism ever uttered in human history - the Hindu custom of sati - widow-burning - was normal too; it was expected and even required that a woman should climb atop her husband's funeral pyre and burn alive. Even today if a husband dies before his wife, the widow is ostracised from society and treated as a pariah; in the more traditional parts of the country, she must wear white, forswear eating meat and fish, and refrain from wearing jewelry. Sex-selective abortion and maltreatment of women has led to something on the order of 160 million, or more, missing Indian women and girls.
Yet again - and this needs to be said as many times as is necessary to get the point across - the Christian West is BEST.
No other civilisation on Earth esteems motherhood and the sanctity of human life so highly. No other society provides so many protections to women. No other culture believes so strongly in the fact that the woman is the source of human life, and as such must be protected by law and custom.
Today is of course Mother's Day, and that is all to the good. Let us take a moment to celebrate the mothers among us, for it is through them that our values and ideals endure. It is through them that our traditions are transmitted. And it is through them that the next generation will carry on our work.
A mother is a special woman indeed - for she has done what her spinster sisters refuse to do. She has given birth to new life, and as such, has done what she, and only she, can do. For she is the font of life, the source of true happiness for both men and women.