Short Project: Respect for Human Life
Beginning and End of Life Issues
“I hope you're ready, because I'm about to tell you the story of my life. More specifically, why my life ended. And if you're listening to these tapes, you're one of the reasons why.”
Imagine one day, a girl like Hannah sends you these tapes claiming you are one of the reasons why she kills herself. How would you feel? It must be terrified inside, isn’t it? That’s how the main character - Clay Jensen felt when he first listened to Hannah’s tape. Then if you were Clay, what would you do next? Are you not, for a while, reflect upon your past actions and wonder what have you done to her? For me, that was exactly what I did. The show startled me even more as I followed along. Before I watched it, little did I know for certain how much impact my actions have on the lives of other.
Hannah Baker’s high school journey started quite peaceful. She was a cheerful girl though she did not have many friends. Things changed after Kate, her only best friend, moved. Hannah became lonelier. All of a sudden, rapid-fire and horrible things happened to her. Betraying, bullying, slut-shaming, raping and the existence of non-empathetic people make her give up on her own life.
“Everyone is responsible for his life before God who has given it to him.” (CCC, 2280) What the Church said is true. Though it is our will to make our own decisions, human should always have Church Teaching as a ground in mind. The Catechism of the Catholic Church teaches us human’s life is valuable because God creates each of us in His image. He shows us agape love which we must respect even if we face challenges in life. Since "Human life is sacred." (CCC, 544) One should not do anything harmful both to others and to themselves. Therefore, Hannah was wrong to knowingly choose suicide, which “is contrary to love for the living God.” (CCC, 2281). Legally, she could not force others to take responsibility for her death because she voluntarily slit her own wrists. However, all of people whom she mentioned in her tapes should better blamed themselves. Things would not happen for no reason. Unlike own age or cancer, no one anticipates suicide. If people around her, at least one time, took her side and listen to her story, she would have chosen differently. Sadly, everyone failed to do so. There in every episode, I saw the “Culture of Death.” It was her boyfriend, Justin, who she cherished so much that chose silence when the kids laughed at her face calling her a slut. It was Marcus, who tried to touch her leg to prove to his friends that she was easy. It’s was her counselor, Mr.Porter, who supposed to help her, told her to “move on” after she refused to reveal the name of the rapist. And surprisingly, it was Clay Jensen, the only person whom Hannah did not claim for her death, cursed himself in tears because he regretted the moment she yelled at him to go away and he really did. If only he put her mental breakdown before his pride,...