Thursday, October 28, 2010

What makes you think you're so right?

In everyone's rush to judgement, few take the time to consider the truth.

Consider these examples:
  • Illegal immigrants are only doing what they think is best for their families; yet, they are still breaking the law.
  • A woman has the right to choose to not have a baby; abortion still ends a life.
  • Those who do not have healthcare would benefit from having it; someone has to pay for it.
  • The unemployed need capital to survive; someone has to work for it.
In every case, there is a value judgement. Some say the illegal alien deserves to reap the benefit of the host country. They have risked life and limb. Those who risk nothing should gain nothing.  But shouldn't those who follow the rules also be rewarded?  In a zero-sum game, for every winner there is a loser. Money which is earned by an illegal comes from those who are legal.

The woman has every right to choose what to do with her body. It is not anyone else's decision. Every individual has the right to "life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness".  When do we grant the same honor on the child which was conceived? A child, born one second ago, cannot be killed lest it be deemed murder. A child, waiting to be born in one second, is simply a late-term abortion. Some would still value this as murder, but terminate that life three months early, and it's no longer murder. It's a medical procedure. Removing an unwanted growth.

Healthcare and welfare are both zero-sum games. Someone benefits from the work of another. A single mother, whose sole income was her deceased husband who died without life insurance to cover even his own funeral, has few choices in healthcare and welfare. As a society, we make the judgement that she is in need and worthy of help. Our work goes to care for her and her children. Yet, if her children grow up and do not provide for themselves or their own children, when do we make the value judgement to cease assisting them? And when we do, aren't we "taking away" their subsistence and their homes?

Every one of these choices is a value judgement. If you believe one way greater than the other, that is your right. But never dismiss the other end of the spectrum. It is equally as valid.

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