Category Archives: Education

A Watershed Issue That Won’t Go Away

The issue of abortion or as some refer to it, women reproductive rights, has been a topic of intense debate for at least 50 years.

The legal aspects & from a political position, I thought were settled in the Supreme Court decision • Roe vs Wade in 1973. From that point going forward, like it or not, abortion was legal in the USA.

That didn’t make it any less important or controversial. Arguments went back and forth, and in some extreme situations, life threatening activities were carried out by some extremists. It’s difficult to be taken serious if you supposedly support a pro-life position and then participate or support violence.

That’s been less of a reality as a means to advance a cause. New battles have emerged. Each time there’s an action, there’s a reaction.

Increased activity has recently occurred when some state legislatures decided that if an abortion was requested, and the woman having the procedure births a live baby, the physician is legally permitted, and in some states required, to complete the abortion.

The reaction to this pronouncement, motivated some states toward legislation which makes it a crime to destroy a living, breathing child. It’s referred to as, “the heart beat bill”, and it’s purpose is to protect that baby after its born, just as any other human baby. There are as of this writing, four states working to ban abortion, unless the life of the mother is threatened.

This spawned a series of vitriolic public announcements, which often have little impact.

There was one though, which received a huge panorama of comments. This AP story refers to a tweet that caught attention from a lot of people.
Alyssa Milano calls for sex strike, ignites social media
I agree with her idea, but not probably for the same reasons.
Overnight without warning, the pro-choice advocates assume the position that pro-life supported for decades. Be responsible for your reproductive capacity. Exercise your rights as a human with intelligence and morals. Don’t sleep with every Tom • Harry & Dick, who comes along. If you do, at least act responsibly and use an effective birth control method, so you don’t bring forth an unwanted or unloved child. We have plenty of those to go around.

She at least stated the obvious, women are more than sex objects. Women should indeed empower themselves and have the final right to choose for themselves. There’s more to abortion legal rights than merely a final contraception. There are instances of rape and incest, which need to be handled with concern for the well being of a woman’s physical and emotional health. Unwanted pregnancy is a public concern, and needs to be addressed with dignity and respect, not necessarily the heavy handed iron fist of new restrictive law.

Governor Kay Ivey signs most restrictive abortion ban in the nation into law. NBC15 News – Alabama – May 15th 2019.

This is the other swing of the societal pendulum. It’s another step in a long line of overt actions without working with the public, most specifically women. As a father, and grandfather, I of course want to see children, and unborn human life protected, but there are many points of view that need a better understanding. As a man, I’ve done what I needed to be responsible. I think it’s the right and duty of women to weigh in on this topic.

What do you think?

 

Do We Really Care About Life?

Every year there are 125,000 abortions per day, world-wide.

In the USA, nearly half of all pregnancies are unintended and four in 10 of these are terminated by abortion. There are over 3,000 abortions per day. Twenty-two percent of all pregnancies in the USA (excluding miscarriages) end in abortion.

We have taken the one “God-like power” which humans have, and weaponized it. We think nothing of it. “It’s a medical procedure.”

We read news stories on the horrible tragedy of some crazy person that kills dozens of people with a gun. Horrified, as we should be, we take the creative process of human life and turn it into refuse.

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baby peering from blanket

We read stories about how “global warming”, or “climate change”, is going to seriously impact future life. Yet, everyday we make choices, fully within our control, that destroy human life and ruin the opportunity to have someone born who can make significant contributions to our planet.

It’s as if the idea of destroying life is just another choice to be made. Should we have two sugars in our coffee, or not? Do we read this book, or watch this program on TV, today?

Well, there’s a disconnect in compassion when we value the life of animals or sea turtles, have them protected, but not human life. Don’t misunderstand me, animals, turtles, etc. need our protection, so too does human life.

woman carrying baby at beach during sunset

woman with baby on beach at sunset

We know how human life is created, and we know how to destroy it. We know that a human fetus will become a human, not a flower, or a gerbil, there’s no ambiguity, until we attempt to alter the outcome based on our beliefs. I believe there’s a connection between our collective decisions and consequences.

Our callous and careless choices lead us down a broad path of compounding bad decisions. We play our mental games, and use clever speech in an attempt to disguise or subvert truth from fiction. Simply put, if you don’t want a child – don’t have sex or choose an effective form of contraception.

We say to ourselves, we have the freedom to make such decisions without any ramifications. Choosing to not have children is a good choice for some people, however, choosing to have sexual intercourse as if it’s a recreational activity or right of passage, has serious consequences. Look around, do you see the whirlwinds drawing closer? You might say, there’s no connection to the increase in societal disparity between the haves, and have-nots. The “greed is good” line from a movie permeates the selfish way many of us fritter away our lives.

Do you believe we’re immune, that our culture is so important that it can’t disappear? Look at history. The seeds of our own demise have been planted and our corruption of right from wrong make us targets of the next Darwinian phase.

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There’s a non-violent way to express yourself and get your point across, regardless of what you’re saying or what your point is. In a free society, people have a right to believe whatever they want to believe. That’s their business and they can speak their mind. But nobody, even in a free society, has the right to take another person’s life. Ever. That’s something that we really need to move beyond.”
~ Chester Bennington
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Saving the planet begins with how we treat each new human life

The Best Course is Discourse

Keeping it real

Not being fake or influenced. Being true to yourself and your values, more importantly, being true to internal values that most people acknowledge and respect.

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Must engage brain!

I was confronted this morning by a family member offline about some things I said online.

The “backroom” conversation was triggered from remarks I made about their post on a social media platform. It had to do with the originator suggesting how difficult to remain a “centrist” in the milieu of ideas coming from polarized speech and media.

Rather than revisit all which was said in those pubic and private conversations, I continue to believe that discourse is necessary, in order to make headway and to understand what other people think. This person didn’t share that opinion, and not only deleted what I said, they blocked me from further comments.

Allow me to kick the can down the block a little further, if you’re a registered user of WordPress, your opinion is invited.

When two ideas about any given topic are presented, and they are opposite, logic dictates the following possibilities.

  • They’re both wrong. This means neither opinion is correct and either they discuss it until they understand the fallacy, or they agree to disagree. Those are the best case scenarios.
  • One is right and the other is wrong. This doesn’t mean one is completely right, and the other is completely wrong, it seldom is that clear. Once again, they discuss it until they understand the fallacy, or they agree to disagree.
  • They switch sides, choosing to think as the other one did before, but realizing they have come to a better understanding and decided their original opinion was wrong.

OK, that last one is highly unlikely. What often occurs now, there’s a desire to shut down, censor, delegitimize the other person or group’s argument. This is accomplished like it just it did with me, or banning people from social media.

Here’s the train wreck that’s coming, and we’ve seen it before throughout history. When there’s no longer a platform for discourse, then tempers flare. The outcome is seldom pretty. I’m not advocating anything “unpretty”, but the observations are all too obvious, repeated on the streets around the world, as well as throughout social media.

We sometimes applaud people who are absolutists. We even elevate them to levels of leadership, but there’s also a toxic side to this, ‘my way or the highway type of group think.’ It seldom advances anything of value.

I’ll illustrate this point through a hot topic, (yes puns are allowed), climate change or global warming. Once those words are said, people take sides, but perhaps if you’re not closed-minded, you might want to watch this opinion segment on a Joe Rogan podcast. It frames the climate change argument and solution with scientific precision. There’s something here for everyone to learn.

I’ll preface the video with this; any topic deemed so sacred that it can’t be questioned, needs further examination. This control from authority or power must be questionable or it wouldn’t need this level of authority to suppress.

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