a Defense of Human Life
by Robert P. George and Christopher Tollefsen

A non-Theological defense of the position that from fertilization (either natural, In-vitro, or cloned) a human embryo deserves all the protection extended to adult humans.

After responding to arguments against this position, the authors call for:
1. legislation to protect human embryos from being destroyed for research
2. regulation of the in-vitro fertilization (IVF) process so that surplus embryos are not created
3. for fertility clinics and adoption agencies to work together to save the huge number of embryos that were created by current IVF practices.

Matthew 7:3-5

And why do you look at the speck in your brother’s eye, but do not consider the plank in your own eye? Or how can you say to your brother, ‘Let me remove the speck from your eye’; and look, a plank is in your own eye? Hypocrite! First remove the plank from your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye.

From my daily interactions with people, I think that many people would be surprised to find out the sentence after “Hypocrite!” has a practical way to help your brother and yourself so that you can both go forward with clear eyes instead of something like this:

Go away and leave your brother alone, it is none of your dang business what may or may not be in his eye.

Money Can’t

What I found was that economic inequality doesn’t frustrate Americans at all. It is, rather, the perceived lack of economic opportunity that makes us unhappy. To focus our policies on inequality, instead of opportunity, is to make a grave error—one that will worsen the very problem we seek to solve and make us generally unhappier to boot.

Policymakers and economists rarely denounce the scandal of inequality in work effort, creativity, talent, or enthusiasm. We almost never hear about the outrage that is America’s inequality in leisure time, love, faith, or fun—even though these are things that most of us value more than money. To believe that we can redress inequality in our society by moving cash around is to have a materialistic, mechanistic, and totally unrealistic understanding of the resources that we truly care about.

from What Really Buys Happiness? by Arthur Brooks