Mature Subject Matter: Reader Discretion Is Advised.
Growing up, I’d tried to believe that I, too, was wanted by my parents. However, the realities of substance-use, abuse, neglect and abandonment made it clear that my existence was merely the unintended consequence of their actions. The only reason I’m here is because they didn’t have an abortion. Many others like me, aren’t so lucky. They were aborted.
Epicurus taught us that nothing is enough for someone for whom enough is too little. Just this brief life, for which my mother sacrificed 9 months at great risk to her own life, is enough for me to be forever in her debt. I may not have been wanted but that doesn’t condemn me to live without love for myself and others. Most importantly, it doesn’t compel me to be a force of negativity and destruction, it does the contrary.
Recently, there have been pro-choice protests to counter pro-life activities on campus. This got me thinking, about how Epicurean philosophy teaches us about the importance of words and definitions, and I believe that abortion is really just a subset of murder. One that society deems permissible and – on rare occasions – thinks advisable.
Why can’t we understand the reasons for both pro-life and pro-choice? It seems rather unfortunate how each side regards the other as misanthropic.
Are there no instances where pro-choice is pro-life? Also, how healthy is it for people to believe that their actions are exempt of consequences? To not be accountable or responsible as a result of their choices? Somewhere, perhaps from spider-man, I learned that with great power comes great responsibility.
Well, people say there exists a line somewhere between pro-life and pro-choice, but it’s blurry to me. Maybe if more people focus there, we’d get somewhere more meaningful.
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I’ll sign off with an appropriate song: Where Is The Love? by The Black Eyed Peas