Sunday, October 01, 2006
.... So what did I learn in my one month long sabbatical? Nada. I really did nothing but detox from life, from myself, from you (Ha!), from them, from it, from Bush, from newspapers, from war, ........, but, I did gain this. We; you and I, dis-agree on a lot of things. Most of the time not because of what we say, but because we don't know the root of the other person's argument. Because our timing is off ever so slightly from the receptor's. (I can just hear 5th estate sharpening his fangs, "this posting is nuts!")
Let me give you the most divisive issue of our time, Abortion.
Emotionally I am against it. To this very day, I suffer the loss of an unborn child I never knew, a face I never touched, and a name I never gave. Enough said. Partial birth? Don't even come near me with that argument (thanks for Always on Watch for the reminder), I cant think of (and maybe some of you can) one good reason why this barbaric procedure should ever be done.
Morally I am against it. I cannot believe this to be good for anyone. Not the mother suffering the indignation of her heels tossed up on stirrups, not the surgeon performing the Hoover maneuver; and certainly not the glob of cells we call a fetus (but conveniently, not a person). How can we save the freakin' whales, the trees, and every stray cat tossed about and selectively not give a shit about life growing inside a woman? The indignation of P.E.T.A railing for the ethical treatment of animals rings hollow when a society draws the moral line in protecting its own procreation process.
Religiously I am ambivalent. Although I am a believer in a higher power I am not beholden to the writings or interpretations of the bible, the Koran or the book of Mormon, especially when its teachings and visions have led to more wars and killings than anything else known to civilization. (I can just hear my family groan after that little morsel of information,... sorry Mom and Dad, you raised your son to think outside the church,... er, box)
Logically I am pro-choice. Why? Because I believe in the creature called woman. I believe that MOST of the time, when all comes to pass, and when she looks at herself in the mirror of her own compass, SHE will bring to herself the best choice. Most woman choose to bring life. Most woman choose the joys and pains of birth. Most woman choose wisely and follow the vestiges of their inherent virtues. So logically, I am not going to permit that we as a society invade the castle that is a woman's body.
Politically I am pro-choice. My soon-to-be-in-expiration Libertarian ass just does not comply with ANY intrusion of Government or society on my private liberties (although a future posting tells why I am not so militant on this matter anymore). No matter how painful the personal memory of abortion is to me as a person, my political belief trumps my emotional pangs over the subject. Period.
Legally, there is no question. The law is the law. Roe V. Wade says that this which nicely complies with my political belief, also happens to be the law of the land. And LAW reigns supreme. Otherwise what kind of society are we if we cherry pick the laws we want to follow? Abortion is LEGAL, just as entering the country under a barbed wire is ILLEGAL, just like owning a firearm (in some cases) is LEGAL, just like discriminating for racial reasons is ILLEGAL. Simple. Its the law, so it trumps whatever argument this mellon of mine can conjure.
How do your issues measure up? Are you arguing them with the same root arguments as the person you are espousing them towards? You may be talking French to his Spanish, ying to his yang,.. insert whatever florid metaphor in here. You know the drill.
The next time you start a pissing party with someone who is just rattling your cage, pushing your buttons, and you just don't understand how he or she doesn't "get it", take a little breath and ask yourself, what is the angle of his argument? is it emotional?, Logical?, moral?, religious? Political? or Legal? You figure that little tidbit, and you'll be surprised how much easier it will be to piss on him or her. Peace.