Before the very gates of the golden city Hannibal fought his last fight for it and lost; and Carthage fell as nothing has fallen since Satan. The name of the New City remains only as a name. There is no stone of it left upon the sand.
Another war was indeed waged before the final destruction: but the destruction was final. Only men digging in its deep foundations centuries after found a heap of hundreds of little skeletons, the holy relics of that religion. For Carthage fell because she was faithful to her own philosophy and had followed out to its logical conclusion her own vision of the universe. Moloch had eaten his children.
So wrote G.K Chesterton, in Chapter 7 of The Everlasting Man. One cannot help thinking of it, and of modern man's worship of his god, efficiency, when he reads this story from the Telegraph:
The bodies of thousands of aborted and miscarried babies were incinerated as clinical waste, with some even used to heat hospitals, an investigation has found.
Ten NHS trusts have admitted burning foetal remains alongside other rubbish while two others used the bodies in ‘waste-to-energy’ plants which generate power for heat.
So babies who were murdered in the name of freedom and, ultimately, commercial efficiency, were then recycled as fuel for the very facilities carrying on with those murders. So also were stillborn babies whose parents, we are informed, were advised that their remains would be "cremated."
Two things to note:
First, though the article goes on to inform us that the practice has been deemed "totally unacceptable" and that a ban on it has been decreed effective immediately, it is not clear than any heretofore established law or regulation stood in the way of using human babies as a source of energy.
Second, there is little that the pro-choice side can offer in the way of a philosophically consistent condemnation of such a practice, though you can be sure that for public relations purposes, they will go through the motions of condemning this abomination, for no convincing reason.
Chesterton's final point in the chapter cited above was that a civilization will of necessity live out and fulfill its religious and philosophical orientation. Let us hope that we will reorient our own, while time is.