take a deep breath and repeat after me:
- i am not a letter grade
- i am not a gpa
- i am not a statistic
- i am not just a student
- i am good at something
- i am more than what an institution tells me i am
- i am legend
- i am iron man
- i am the monster parents tell their children about at night
- i am the doctor
- i am a high functioning sociopath
- do your research
- i am an angel of the lord
Anonymous asked: You seem apathetic to your fellow woman who are suffering? In both third world and already born first world sense? I mean I get the abortion thing. but I see no proof of ANY other issues on your blog!
I do occasionally blog about other issues.
However, I believe abortion is the biggest pressing injustice and evil of this age. I can’t fix everything, so I’m going to focus on what I find most important.
The thing is, everyone agrees that children shouldn’t starve, that women shouldn’t suffer, and many other issues. No one is advocating to kill them and when they do, the world is pretty universally against it.
But killing unborn babies is acceptable when it shouldn’t be.
This is the kind of shit that makes me incredibly mad.
I can see the point of view you hold for unborn humans (I feel similarly towards non-human animals), but saying it is one of the most pressing injustices of this age is inconceivable.
When you think of injustice, how can you not think of vast worldwide destruction and pollution of the Earth first? How can you not think of numerous governments and warlords holding their citizenry hostage all over? Military forces indiscriminately killing and abusing innocents? I am not saying you do not find these things important, but how could the abortion issue be your go-to top priority?
I can not fathom how anyone can consider themselves an educated voter if their vote will swing over an issue like abortion. If you would vote for the only pro-life candidate in an election, who otherwise wants to marginalize the poor and create military conflicts over oil and private industry profits, you are a poorly informed voter, and have been brainwashed.
It’s great that you are outspoken about the issues that matter to you, but don’t pretend the biggest injustice of our age is women seeking abortions or taking preventative measures against pregnancy.
I think over 42 million dead humans every year is pretty pressing.
When we count unborn humans as humans (which they are), abortion outstrips every other cause of death, including heart disease, cancer, starvation, and so on.
It’s also a problem that’s present in every country, every community, that affects every ethnicity and socioeconomic class. Not equally, of course, but there is an impact everywhere.
It’s a problem that affects everyone. Even if you don’t have an abortion, you probably know someone who has or will. That, and the fact that when you undermine the rights of one group, you undermine the rights of everyone.
The Holocaust killed somewhere around 13-17 million people. Abortion kills that many people in less than 5 months.
So yes, it is the most pressing injustice of our age. I have no reservations about saying that.
10 Billion animals are killed for food every year in the US alone.
Adult animal brains are capable of a wide variety of cognitive functions.
Adult animals are capable of taking care of themselves in the wild.
Adult animals are killed for specific purposes, such as for food or for clothing.
Fetal humans are capable of a rather narrow range of cognitive functions. Only around 5% of abortions in the US occur after the 16th week of pregnancy. The fetus is only capable of hearing sound after week 18. He/she/it seems a lot more like a clump of cells than a functioning organism like a cow or pig to me…
Fetuses/babies are highly dependent on parents for a number of years (18 under US law).
Fetuses are aborted for many different reasons, likely the most common being that a woman became pregnant by accident and decided she was not prepared to raise a child.
Now, how can you possibly say that abortion is wreaking the most havoc on the world, or even that it is a more important issue than the well-being of animals? Then please go on to explain how preventing abortions by law will reduce more suffering than supplying women easy access to birth control, and both sexes to other contraception and sex education.
I don’t think I’m just being apathetic here either. I care about the lives of others, but I fail to see this issue being the most important one of our time, or any time in the past either.
This is precisely the argument that undermines the value of human life and human rights.
Our value is not based on what we’re capable of, it’s based on what we are. If we base our value on our capabilities, we undermine the value and rights of those who struggle with disabilities.
For instance, am I, with my IQ of 122, more valuable than someone with Intellectual Disability? I would say no.
You mentioned the ability to hear sound. Does hearing sound make someone more valuable? Are deaf people less valuable than hearing people? I would say no.
Also, comparing a human fetus to an adult pig doesn’t work. An unborn pig doesn’t have very many intellectual capabilities either.
The American legal system supports your argument. If a pregnant woman, even early on in her pregnancy, is brought to the hospital, the doctor in charge is legally responsible for the lives of two patients. If a pregnant woman is murdered, the defendant is automatically charged with two counts of murder: one for the life of the mother and one for the life of the unborn child. According to American laws, an unborn child has the same rights to life as any other human. If a doctor saves the mother but causes a miscarriage, they can be sued for malpractice. If someone murders a pregnant woman, they can be sentenced for two murders.
No one has the right to decide who has the right to live. What some people call a “blob of tissue” has it’s own genetic code. It’s cells are multiplying at a healthy rate for that stage of its development. And it has 23 chromosome pairs (46 chromosomes) just like you and me. Basic biology proves that the “blob of tissue” is human and no one has the right to kill another human.
”[…] the look on her face was, in general, too dignified and reserved for one so young” - North and South, chapter II
If there’s a prize for rotten judgement, I guess I’ve already won that.