|From: nylan||Date: June 2nd, 2009 - 06:35 pm||(Link)|
I mean, the big issue we're talking around is this idea that we should be able to do what we want. It's a free country, after all. At least, speaking for American, I dunno what craziness goes on up north :P But there's certainly a lot of individuality in our culture, and it's fairly central to our cultural identity. Having said that, it's certainly the case that our actions have consequences not just for ourselves, but for others in society. And those two things are always going to be in tension. Finding the sweet spot where we can co-exist in harmony without being restricted from living the way we want is very difficult.
At the risk of hitting a sore spot (because it's a case that's been in the news and on my mind), a good example of where there's a clash because of that tension now is gay marriage. The individualist in me says that you should be allowed to do whatever you want with your life. But the flip side of that is that allowing gay marriage means that we, as a society, are recognizing that homosexuality is a viable life choice. Not only that, we're making it much more prevalent in society at large. Assume I think that homosexuality is a sin and you can see the problems that come from that. You'll likely never change my mind about it, but because my children grow up in a world where it's accepted, they will be less set in their ways on it, and within a generation or two it'll just be the way things are. Yeah, some people are gay. So what? Consider how terrifying that scenario would be to someone who really believes that homosexuality is evil. Obviously, that person aint me, but you get the point.
It's a similar argument to what comes out in Angels and Demons: how do you hold the line on morality against rational arguments? Morality isn't something we often approach rationally. It's like that court ruling on porn: I'll know it when I see it. We just know right and wrong, good and bad. We don't often think about why they are that way. And because of that, we often tear ourselves apart with these debates. Gay marriage is one. Abortion is another. Civil rights. Women's suffrage. Capital punishment. Torture. Think about how often discussions of those topics break down into "because it's wrong"? How do you fight against that? More importantly, how do you resolve it?
Is there anyone who ever remembers
changing their mind from the paint on a sign?
is there anyone who really recalls
ever breaking rank at all
for something someone yelled real loud one time?
oh, everyone believes
in how they think it oughta be
oh, everyone believes
and they're not going easily
(from Belief by John Mayer)
Cupcakes. They fix everything.
Except for leaky faucets. That just requires virgin sacrifices. :)
|From: nylan||Date: June 2nd, 2009 - 07:13 pm||(Link)|
Remind me to send you a pic of cupcakes tonight, can't get to it from work.
Sorry for poofing last night, you were doing deadmines so got up thinking I'd just watch TV for a sec and ended up crashing out. *oops*
So how's your day going?