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Values on slippery slope

What is the value of a family?

Is that different than having family values?

I was reflecting upon those questions as I put my sick 12-month-old son to bed the other night. I considered how much I love him and how deep our bond has become in a quick calendar year. I cannot shelter him from pain and suffering throughout his life. Part of the human experience is to freely make choices and ultimately suffer. A reasonable degree of suffering makes us appreciate health, makes us resilient with struggles and ultimately makes us stronger as individuals, families, teams, communities and countries.

I would do anything for my kids. I fight for their right to the human experience without unfair prejudice, injustice or the man-made maladies that afflict our society. In turn, my children give my life a foundation meaning and responsibility.

Most people understand and value the family unit. I think separating parents from children under the guise of “following the law” is a sin of Biblical proportion. The greatest country the world has ever known is operating without a moral compass and the slippery slope of condoning the unconventional behaviors of our commander in chief has literally allowed our society to slip backward in principle, integrity and global leadership.

Money does not “trickle down,” but leadership certainly does. How we treat our fellow human being suffering the human condition while fleeing violence of oppression to seek a life well-lived for their children matters.

Zachary Baeseman, M.D., Waupaca, Wis.