Friday, October 10, 2014

Words Have Meaning, Especially the Word "Brave."

Sometimes stories collide, but if we're not careful we'll miss the force of the collision.
Take this article on USA Today. Seems there is a suicide in America every thirteen minutes.
But don't forget this trending article. Brittany Maynard has chosen to end her life on November 1 because she has brain cancer.
The consensus seems to be that Brittany is brave.
But be careful what you call brave. Words have meaning. If choosing not to fight cancer is brave, what does that say about the person who fights to the last breath?
And what does it say to the person who daily fights the urge to commit suicide?
Words have meaning. Words have power. Use them carefully.

Here's Matt Walsh's take on the Brittany Maynard issue:
There Is Nothing Brave about Suicide

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