Wednesday, April 3, 2013


by M. J. Joachim

So much of life is spent determining our cause and purpose for existing in this world. A necessary evil…I think not. We are born to live in community, serving one another in varying capacities. Our cause is to choose, cherish and challenge life, determining our own worth in the process.

Diminishing our worth poses great risks, as we soon miss the point and cause of our being. We were not born to die. There is a lifetime to be lived between the poles of birth and death. Our lives are meant to have meaning, purpose and cause.

When a child dies, people often say he did so before his time. This is not so, for no one knows the day or the hour. Each life is a gift, to be loved and cherished by all who are lucky enough to be touched by that life. Our cause is not to determine the fate of that life or decide upon its worth in the time it graced our presence, regardless of the time it was present, in the womb and in our hearts, affecting our decisions and judgments for or against it.

Negative causes promote injury to the human person. They qualify who is and isn’t worthy of living, based on “quality of life.” One cause of this site, Effectively Human, is to disrupt negative causes in their path. For it has been proven time and time again, that “quality of life” is a human judgment call, something it is not and never should be our place to do, when it comes to determining who lives and who dies in our society.

We are not God. We are people. But for the grace of God, there go I. One day we are in the prime of our lives with no ailments whatsoever. The next, we are down on our luck, penniless or stricken with illness. One day we live in a nice home, wear new clothes and have dozens of friendly neighbors. The next, our house burns down and we’re spending time rebuilding, not only our accumulating different belongings and dwellings, but existing in a world we never dreamed of, yet still are naturally driven to effectively participate and give to those entering our world.

To pass judgment on poor timing, accidental mishaps and devastating consequences, thereby determining who should live and who might die when we do so, is to deny our purpose and cause, thereby minimizing and sacrificing the essence of being human in the process.

Thank you for visiting Effectively Human.

M. J.

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