Thank you for the comments you all posted and the many emails on this essay. I am reposting this as an anthology: broken up in four unique pieces.
I hold A. S. Neill, who coined those words in 1960, a genius copy-writer. For their powerful simplicity and amazing symbolic value. The value of those words, I opine, lays even more in that the antonym is absolutely unacceptable for all who are not institutionalized or indefinitely incarcerated: “Pro-death.”
“Pro-life” still requires embellishment when explaining one’s inexorable such stand. “Pro-death,” on the other hand, requires a rather complex—moral, religious, scientific, social—discussion.
More on Power Of Words in the rest of this Anthology that follows this post and The banality of evil: the Holocaust. How and why …
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