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Author Name: Freemaybememories 6 Comments
Date Added: February 15, 2007 17:02:44 Average Score: (Needs 2)
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Destined to be; the morality of saving a life

When I was young my parents told me that killing was wrong

When I got older and asked why, their reply was short and strong

“Everyone lives one life; some die young while others live long

God has a time and a place for where every soul belongs”


I never thought of the gravity of these words until the other day

I saved a man’s life; he was about to commit suicide as the train headed our way

I reached out and grabbed his arm; I guess I really grabbed his soul and pulled it away

From the place were it was destined to be; his destiny might have not been mine to save


How is killing different then from saving a life from death?

How can we give life to that which was supposed to breathe its last breath?

… And after I wept I kept thinking of what the man said to me right until I slept

“Thank you for saving me from this depth, Maybe God hadn’t written my death just yet” 

Author's Notes:
This poem came to me the other day when I thinking about saving lives vs. taking them.
Morality wise, we are always taught to believe that killing is bad and saving it good.
I don't know if its that black and white...
Either way, i felt that you were preventing a soul vanishing or making it vanish before it was meant to
So i pose the question ... "How is killing then different from saving a life from death?"
(maybe you can be explain it convincingly??!!)
The poem ends with a solution to this question
The man thanked me for saving his life and getting another chance, and this is
what difference between killing and saving, the person still has a voice and choice
If they still want to die they have the option to go do it
When you kill someone there is no coming back for them
I hope this one made you think
feel free to add your 2 cents
- shoaib malik
a.k.a. - recalcitrant
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Comment By: FreeRachel on March 29, 2007 12:31:20 PM Report
wow. again. wow.

that made me think way more then I thought I could. lol.

that was astounding.


Comment By: FreeHannah Mae on March 13, 2007 11:04:02 AM Report
I think you're right. Some people decide they don't want to live any longer, not neccessarily because they aren't supposed to, but they think things are too tough to get past. Saving a life might delay them just enough to see that things can get better. Maybe by then they realize it is worth it to stick around a little longer. If it's their time to die, you can't stop it.

Thought provoking and well written


Comment By: Freekoen on March 8, 2007 03:08:23 PM Report
There's a thin line between life and death. Maybe some are destined to die at a certain time. Still saving a someones life might make them think about their life more and maybe do more good things with it. This is a poem which really makes me think. Great write



Comment By: FreeGraham Jones on March 7, 2007 11:45:43 AM Report
I think this is very good and certainly gives food for thought , not that I have an answer, so I won't, If I did I suppose it would be similar to Glata's.
Comment By: FreeGlata on March 5, 2007 12:47:33 PM Report
I don't know if I can  give a convincing argument. I will just say that this is a very good write that has me thinking. Honestly, though,  I think that if it had been God's will for the man to die, you would not have been able to save him from that destiny...And  since it wasn't God's  will, you were there in the right place, at the right time...for a reason.

Great work here...


Comment By: FreeRichard Michael Cronin on March 2, 2007 09:51:47 AM Report

This is very deep, which I like. Perhaps you were destined to save this fellow. I believe in karma, as in what goes around comes around. And if one person kills another, karma will have it's vengence in this life or the next! Good write, sorry for rambling!


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