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4/30/2013 5:00:00 PM
COLUMN: Blessed with choices
Bob Weete

Living in a small, isolated town has both advantages and disadvantages. Du-u-u-uh! Mostly, it's a matter of one's priorities. It's somewhat like a garage sale. One man's trash is another's treasure. We are all so uniquely different that we sometimes forget the blessings of those differences.

Without those differences, there would be no fancy technology, we would have no cars, planes, trains; there would be no mass production of food to eat, our people's life span would be considerably shortened; there would be nobody to teach the next generation; we would be without people who provide goods we need; there would be no leaders, no theology. The list goes on.

At the same time, we are all alike; that, too, is a blessing. Yes, I know. Some of us have different color of skin. Are we really any different from one another because of the tint of our skin, our eye color, hair color? "If you prick us, do we not bleed?" Yes, even Shakespeare recognized the sameness in people.

In a small town, we have the opportunity to know one another better, to experience the sameness and yet the uniqueness in all of us. If we choose to, that is. It's that old freedom of choice thing. A great "invention", too, by the way. It is important that we consider thoughtfully the best choice to make, and, most important, we consider the possible consequences. Today's society would probably say the best choice is whatever we desire to do; do whatever gives us the most satisfaction. Immediate gratification is a trap; a powerful trap that we don't see until it is too late.

It's like saying something to someone that is mean or ugly. Once it comes out of your mouth, there is no sucking it back in. Being sorry is not enough. Yes, consider first before you say or do anything. It doesn't take long; just seconds, really. Emotions can be shown even more quickly and with negative impact.

"Aye, there's the rub", Shakespeare said. We have slipped into the habit of avoiding the gift of a marvelous brain; we let our emotions drive us. That tree in the Garden of Eden gave pleasure just looking on it. And the fruit looked delicious. "I want that," she said, after some "facts" given her by a snake, of all things.

There is the unfortunate thing about humans that dares us to do something the authority has specifically told us not to do. The desire over-takes reason and the possible consequences are ignored

So, eons later, mankind still is too often driven by emotions rather than reasoning. Probably every person in prison was driven by emotions, rather than facing the very real possibility they would be caught and have to face the consequences.

The current "political correctness" has all but eliminated careful consideration prior to doing a particular act. "Just do it." Choices between right and wrong, good or bad have been taken over by "whatever", and it has created numerous problems in our society tantamount to destroying it.

Some of the current social problems surely arise from this denial of reasonable decisions. A great furor, for example, is concerned with abortions. Those "olden days" that I long for made pre-marital sex the exception to the rule rather than the rule. Girls who became pregnant were looked down on, and couples were more likely to wait for marriage.

Now, in our "liberated" world, sex is blatantly plastered in movies, on television, in advertising, in clothing, and it is almost inescapable. In the movies, and even off-screen, our entertainers demonstrate for all to see that it is "okay" to flaunt the "rights" of individuals. Or maybe I should say, the "irresponsibilities" of people. Babies are born with irresponsible fathers absent. Which means the single parent winds up, often, on public assistance. And that begins the cycle of problems.

There is no consequence "if" a pregnancy happens, because they can always abort the baby. No problem. Instead of teaching our young people that the honorable decision would be to abstain from relations until they are adult enough- not merely physically able, we provide them with means of preventing (hopefully) a pregnancy. Or the adult responsibility of an innocent child who has no choice in the matter.

I realize that the current thinking is that young people should not be hindered from expressing their "urges"; it actually is just another way for kids to escape any responsibility, any self-discipline, not to mention self-respect. Our society, in order to make everyone "equal" has trashed the individual who tends to make appropriate decisions. We have voided any human "right" and "responsibility" to lift themselves up.

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Reader Comments

Posted: Thursday, May 2, 2013
Article comment by: EL PICA BUYAS

@Mr. Weete. Yes you are 100% right. What I meant was just that. But I have a tendency to speak my mind from the other end sometimes. Maybe sarcastic, but leaning more towards sardonic. Now some not all think that's it's their body and they can do anything they want with it and have kids or abort them at will without any consequences. Since all this come's from the Government free to them. OK some of you ladies don't get mad. I said some not all.

Posted: Thursday, May 2, 2013
Article comment by: Bob Weete

Pica – I don’t think God gave Woman the “right” to have babies. It seems to me that he did give her, actually, the “responsibility” to be the mothers. And notice that God made woman from man, and then they were to become one and “go forth and multiply”. That also means that man had the “responsibility” to become fathers, not just the “right”. You’ve been reading from the Politically Correct manual by mistake. I somehow doubt that God meant for them to each go out and multiply by promiscuity – with a man OR woman, for that matter. Political Correctness (a liberal invention) motto, “Just Do It” is not from Proverbs that is simply encouraging people to do whatever they want, with whomever they want – without the terrible stress of considering consequences or responsibility for anything.

Posted: Wednesday, May 1, 2013
Article comment by: Just sombody

How bout we start drug testing everyone on welfare like Florida does now. I bet we take over half of them off the system.

Posted: Tuesday, April 30, 2013
Article comment by: EL PICA BUYAS

What we have here is that society now glorifies a single female parent. She is female, and she does not need man to raise a child. So out of Political Correctness, they will not say that, that child will be raise with the assistance of the government. Or lets just say it Welfare Money, money that came from tax payers. So people, who cares it's only Money. Yea your money. It's her god given right to have kids. LOL Is it wrong to say that if you are receiving public assistance and in good health, that you should at least work free for the city or county. That you live in for 3 to 5 hours a day. Like doing public service work. This go's for the dead beat dads and moms too.

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