The lines, “God is dead. God remains dead. And we have killed him,” can be true in literal sense. Subjectively, the lines presented are very agnostic and atheistic. Those are against my will and belief as a Roman Catholic faithful. The three shorter mentioned lines are three important points to be clarified about.
The first line says, God is dead is true in literal sense. In the Scriptures, it written that Jesus became man and so he died as a human. Yes, I believe that God really died. He was crucified by the high priests’ and the people’s demand and at the order of the governor, Pontius Pilate. Jesus died humbly at the cross and every person present there had seen His timely death.
The second point here is that God remains dead. According to the Scriptures, God resurrected after three days of rest. He did not remain dead. He was seen by Mary and the disciples alive. He ascended into heaven body and soul and will continue to watch over us to prepare our place in heaven. As a Catholic I fairly disagree with the line, God remains dead. It is proven in the Bible that he does not. God is all powerful and he will never be dead forever. His presence within us is felt and attested to be true. His Holy Spirit continues to work around us to let us feel his Divine Providence. My personal experience about Him and his miracles are the best evidences of his presence. He is with us, we can’t see Him but we can feel Him.
The third point stresses that We have killed him. Yes, our sins and human weaknesses contributed to God’s death. God’s death is our salvation. It is a humble sign of love. He never blamed us for that for it is His will so, why should we consider ourselves murderers and killers when God himself does not. The death of Jesus is planned by God. He knows his plan very well and that man, though sinners are still loved by Him. Thus, we should feel blessed instead of blaming ourselves and giving names which are not supposed to be called.
In summation, to believe that God is dead is a great lie. He is never dead. To believe that we killed him is to deceive ourselves. The truth is that it is a way of realization and repentance of sins and weaknesses through Jesus by the Father. Above all, to believe that God remains dead is to turn away from our faith, our piety and to betray God. Lastly, the famous saying goes, what is essential is invisible to the eye. God is essential so, he is invisible to our human eye but surely He is watching over.
To know what you know and what you do not know is the characteristic of the one who knows (Confucius). Learning is infinite; it has no end and no boundaries. Humans continue to search for knowledge and seek for wisdom. The same is true with Plato’s Allegory of the Cave. Plato’s Allegory of the Cave represents our own misconception about reality and his vision on what a firm leader should be. He presents a picture of a just leadership and a just society making use of the prisoners in his characters.
In here, the four stages of thought combined with the progress of human development represent our own path to complete awareness in which the most virtuous and distinguished will reach, and upon doing so shall lead the public. According to Plato, the four stages of thought are imagination, belief, cognitive, and understanding. What we first perceive are imperfect reflections which subsequently represent truth and reality. Our first perception on the things around us can be unreal and from our experiences and mistakes, we learn that the real and truth is different.
There can never be true learning without wisdom. Each day we live we face uncertainties. These uncertainties become certain when we see, feel, hear, smell and taste something specific. Our mind is so imaginative and it is able to see what is beyond reality. It is willing to explore for trial and error but learns to correct whatever misconceptions there might be. I thought of supporting Plato with his argument because I believe that permanent reality comes first from abstract reality which can either be true r not. Learning what is real is a step by step process; as learning occurs in stages. With each step, we become wiser and so, we gain full wisdom which is useful for our decision making and daily struggles. Plato’s point of making just leaders who can lead his men justly is an important proposition for a better government. This is very ideal, however, the sad reality today is that not all leaders are blessed with the virtue of justice, fairness and sincerity.
Maybe these leaders haven’t acquired full wisdom yet. They failed to achieve the highest stage for they are too preoccupied with misconceptions, false realities or maybe they are blinded with injustices and self-interests. Life is a copy of a copy of reality. It is idealistic to view that everything we conceive can be false or real but somehow, as time advances, the truth will soon be within reach. Human beings should know how to use this truth to their society.
Thou shall not kill, is the fifth commandment. It is a sin to kill. We are not given the right to stop the life of an individual no matter what the circumstances are. Euthanasia is also known as mercy killing. It refers to the practice of ending a life in order to relieve pain and suffering. It can be voluntary, non-voluntary, and involuntary. No matter what the reason is, euthanasia is still a form of killing whether in any of its forms. The act of killing or stopping is still present.
I believe this act is against my will. If a patient is suffering from pain, killing is not the remedy or solution. It is an untimely death which is a sin and can be like suicidal if the patient’s consent is taken into consideration. As a faithful Catholic, I see this act immoral. It is immoral because we make death a shortcut. That everyone is entitled for a time to die. If a person suffers from pain of illness, let him suffer and endure.
Let death come naturally. Aside from that, according to Catholic teaching, suffering is one way of cleansing our souls from impurities, so let a person cleanse his soul by letting him accept the pain. In which way, he can have a greater chance to go to Heaven. When a doctor performs euthanasia, he also suffers from pain- the pain of stopping a life. His conscience bothers him at night. After all, he realizes the sanctity of life and regretted for doing such.