I awoke this morning to find two contrasting stories. One (which I’ve been following here) is the story of Lauren Hill’s debut for the University of Mount St. Joseph Lions, as the 19-year-old tries to squeeze what she can from her favorite game in the face of the brain cancer that will in all likelihood end her life before the year is out. The other involves Brittany Maynard. The 29-year-old teacher was also afflicted with a terminal brain cancer, and chose to end her own life before the disease did. According to Compassion & Choices, described as an “end-of-life advocacy group”, Ms. Maynard died “peacefully, in the arms of her loved ones.”
I will not, indeed cannot presume to judge the choices of either of these women, nor do I know what choices I would make in their circumstances. However, I find it interesting that both these women are being hailed as heroes, despite having made seemingly irreconcilable decisions. I suspect that on some level, this may indicate a fault line in our culture. May they both enjoy the peace of God.