Utilitarianism is Wrong

As soon as we begin to think of each other according to our utility, that is, how useful we are, we begin to lose sight of the way that God sees us. Every person has an innate human dignity that has everything to do with the fact that each of us is a specially created and loved child of God.

God does not condition His gifts upon whether we can feed ourselves or earn a living. He certainly does not propose that the most vulnerable — the young (especially the unborn) and the elderly (especially those who require care) — should have fewer rights because they are arguably a burden on others. Rather, our Lord says “Whatsoever you do unto the least of these, you do unto me…”

So when our society reaches the point where no one bats an eye that piles of corpses of dead babies appear useful as tinder for heating buildings, and are no longer treated with the respect and dignity that they deserve, we can readily see that we have a problem that afflicts every dimension of social order and our human relationships with the Creator.


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