A Person Is a Person

No matter how small.
by Jim Fair | Source:
I’m of the Dr. Seuss generation. I grew up with parents reading the books to me – and my kids grew up hearing me read the same books to them.

Yes, there was a time when I believe I could recite by memory the entire contents of Green Eggs and Ham. But Sam was not my favorite Seuss character. It was and always will be Horton.

I have not seen the blockbuster Horton Hears a Who, but I will, although past translation of Seuss to Cinema have left me less than fulfilled. I expect it will be the mixture of insane silliness and tenderness that comes with its genre: children’s books turned into cinematic cartoons with the voices of the rich and famous.

But Horton’s story is special and his message is universal and timeless: “A person is a person no matter how small.”

There could be no better message for today’s society, which struggles to accept the value of human life at all stages, from conception to death on God’s schedule.

Horton hears a universe of life on a flower and protects it from destruction. He pleas with the occupants of that tiny world to make themselves known, and eventually they do. There is a happy ending.

In the real life trauma of life and death, the voices of the small are not always heard. And when they are not heard in real life, we have the tragedy of abortion. Real persons die because they are small and they don’t have a Horton listening for them.

The real-life small persons do cry out in their own way, showing up on sonograms, providing evidence in lab tests and, when a little bigger, their presence felt within their mothers. But that isn’t always enough to save them, for a list of reasons as long as the litany of human failings.

But each unborn is a person, no matter how small. And if we listen we will hear their cry for life, if not with our ears, like Horton, then with our hearts.

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