Monday, March 19, 2012
Why the Abortion Argument Will Never Be Settled -- Ever
I'm done discussing it because there's little use in it. So lets discuss why the discussion itself is hopeless. Well I think it's pretty simple, actually. Pro-choice people are labeled as "pro-abortion." Their arguments are misconstrued as a discussion about some lives being worth more than others. Pro-choice people are said to be a party to infanticide, and they're constantly accused of being heartless, soulless monsters who care nothing for the value and sanctity of life.
On the flip side, pro-life people are labeled as "anti-choice." Misogynist. Right-wing, fundamentalist Christian wackoes who want to "control women's uteruses." They're construed as ignorant and backwards.
Well, the funny thing is that both sides seem completely filled with idiots who are unwilling to listen to each other. That's because neither side is willing to accept that the other has anything efficacious to say. So it's really pointless to have any discussion about it until both sides stop incorrectly labeling the people and misconstruing their arguments.
Those tactics are indicative of close-. Silver and the pro-lifers are not interested in reason debate about the topic. They're not interested in truly understanding the pro-choice argument. They've already made up their minds, and their real goal is to convince pro-choicers that they're all wrong and immoral.
Jersey and many of the pro-choicers fail to understand that this is not an easy topic for anyone to discuss. They forget that there are still humans left who have strong feelings towards the preservation of life. This goes beyond the morality of it all. Many human beings could not live with themselves knowing that they were a party to ending a life. And because they fail to understand that sentiment--a real and justified sentiment--they quickly dismiss the pro-lifers as religious fanatics.
Well, you're both wrong, and you're both idiots. I think the problem is that all of you are afraid. "You don't know me Jack!" Nope, I don't know any of you, but frankly I don't care, because it doesn't matter. All of you are little different from every other human being.
Ever ask yourself why there are so few people who are really open-minded, and who truly try to understand something they vehemently disagree with? It's because most people are afraid that if they do understand the other side they'll end up agreeing with it.
It's a lot easier just believing that you're crusading for the rights of unborn babies. It's much easier to believe that you're just crusading for the rights of women.
But to admit that you have to allow people to make their own choices, to admit that you have no place to make that choice for them, and then to realize that your position inevitably leads to the loss of life--that's the road less travelled.
"Certainty of mind does not mean gaiety of heart."