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The Culture of Death Man has transitioned from viewing himself and his life as a gift from God to seeing his life as his own As such people make decisions based not on what God would want but on what is easiest most convenient least painful and selfishly rewarding to them individually The culture of death is what occurs when society rejects the value of human life as a gift from God It is made evident when people make decisions regarding life not based on what is morally right by God but on what benefits people personally The culture of death is the acceptance by society that life is in our hands and not in the hands of God Therefore we assume that we have the power to choose who deserves to live or die The mere toleration of crimes against life such as abortion euthanasia and prostitution are proof that we are today truly living in a culture of death The culture of death is built upon the assumption that there is no God As John Paul II states By living as if God did not exist man not only loses sight of the mystery of God but also the mystery of the world and the mystery of his own being EV 22 It could be safely stated that our current culture of death has as its cause the absence of respect for the mystery of life Life is seen as merely something else that can be controlled by man This feeling of control increases the tendency for people to be more concerned with maximizing the quality of their lives while de-emphasizing their concern with life as a whole The so-called quality of life is interpreted primarily or exclusively as economic efficiency inordinate consumerism physical beauty and pleasure to the neglect of the more profound dimensionsinterpersonal spiritual and religiousof existenceEV 23 This denial of Gods
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