Did you ever hear the term busybody? I suppose I heard it first as a kid when I’d be talking with my mother about what someone else was doing or should do and she would tell me to mind my own business and not be a busybody with the words, “stop sticking your nose into someone else’s business.”
The dictionaries define busybodies as “a meddling or prying person.” It also defines meddle as “Interfere in something that is not one’s concern.;” and it defines pry as “enquire too inquisitively into a person’s private affairs.”
What all that means in everyday language is that a busybody wants to tell other people how they should live. That’s a wonderful feeling I suppose for one person to approve or disapprove of the way others should conduct themselves. What makes it so exquisitely delightful is that the busybody does not have to do anything but talk, and along with the talk, condemn. Like the cross is to Dracula, the proverb of the Cherokee tribe of Native Americans: “Don’t judge a man until you have walked a mile in his shoes” is to busybodies.
A busybody can sit at home. She never has to leave her house. The position requires little more than that. The busybodies will demand others to do something but not demand anything of themselves. They want a feeling of being superior to the other person.
That’s why the abortion issue has its great appeal to them. They can feel morally uplifted by taking the position that abortion is wrong while not getting up out of the couch. It costs them nothing.
After a child is born the pro-life busybodies believe their work has accomplished something. Another baby has been brought into the world. They are satisfy and can go back to their comfortable chair and rail against others, many who may not have comfortable chairs to sit in, who may not believe like they believe.
It never seems to occur to these busybodies who consider themselves part of the pro-life movement that life doesn’t end with birth. It continues. The birth produces a baby that has to be cared for; that baby will become a toddler who should start learning things; the toddler becomes a child who has to be educated; and the child will grow up into an adult who we be a reflection of the benefits or lack of benefits that he or she received prior to reaching adulthood.
The busybodies don’t want to think of those things because to address those life issues may require something more of them than their words. They might have to pay for the home care of the infants or the pre-school for the children or the education of them. They might have to pay for their health care and to provide them with a healthy environment. All those things require more than talk and condemnation even though some will condemn the actions of those which result from their poor education.
The busybodies don’t want to look at what is happening to other lives in the world. They do not express concern for the children who have been born in Yemen but are now dying as part of what has been called the worst famine in a century; they don’t express any thoughts on the millions of children living in refugee camps; nor are they showing that they are upset by the separation of children from their parents by their own country and the warehousing of those children.
The pro-life busybodies should recognize that the living have life. If they were truly concerned with life their interest in it would not end at birth.