My response to an abortion meme…..

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Just because it has the characteristics of a human being does not necessarily equate to it being alive. Humans since the beginning of time have equated inanimate objects with human characteristics and feelings, the philosophy of vitalism portrays itself in Pixar movies yearly.

The reason why abortions at the 12 week mark are legal in 50 states is due obviously to the fact of Roe vs. Wade. However………

The least known argument for Roe vs. Wade is that of viability. A 12 week old fetus is not viable outside of the womb, meaning that it cannot live on its own capacity without being inside the womb. Fetus viability is around and I believe legally set at 21 weeks. In which case abortions outside of medical reasons are illegal…..to add after the 21 week mark the mothers rights end and the states rights begin.

Interesting seeming that after that mark it is not about the fetus or the baby, but about the rights granted to the state over the control of the child, the baby or fetus or whatever at that point still has no rights, it’s just a swap of mothers rights to states rights.

Getting back on point however, a 12 week old fetus is not “alive” and no more a person than a seed is a full grown plant. While it has potential it is still a seed. However potential does not equate to absolutes, only probabilities.

While a 12 week old fetus shows distinctive characteristics of the human anatomy, which should be evident due to its DNA, does not mean it has life, only that it share traits known to humans.

However what is truly genuine about this little meme is the presumption that it is alive, even without conscious thought. An infant does not have a ‘self’ as we would contemplate our existence, much less a 12 week old cluster of forming DNA. 

While I personally do not believe that consciousness of self is a prerogative to life, this meme assumes it as truth in stating, 

“Anyone think its not a person?”

Meaning that the picture of the 12 week old fetus somehow has cognitive thought and a self identity. Which if you assume is true, would make a single ant that you would stomp on an individual conscious ant, with a sense of self. Would you stomp on an ant if you knew that it shared a conscious connection with us? But you will anyways, just like you will continue to kill flies and bugs and animals of all kinds. 

In closing, 

That 12 week old fetus is not viable on it’s own, it cannot survive outside of the womb on it’s own capacity; Not alive.

Even if we consider the plausibility that life has to have a conscious form of self identity, the 12 week old fetus falls short of cognitive self thought. Thus not alive. 

So what is alive about the fetus? It’s potential to become life, that is what is truly amazing. The thought is alive, other than that, all you are doing is projecting your ideals and ideas onto an object that is merely a construction of DNA and growing due to cell reproduction.

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Entitlement in the 21st Century

ImageIn this day and age the word entitlement is an ugly word. Especially in context with “Echo Boomers” as my generation is apparently called.  Born between the years 1977 through 1994? Then you are an Echo Boomer! Congratulations if you are, if you are born before consider generation X, older than that your apart of the baby boomers, if you are born after 1994, well…..then you are generation Z.

However, for this blog we will only consider one generation, that of the Echo Boomers. For see generation Y is the 20 something’s of the world. Our generation is actually larger than the baby boomers if you can believe that! However there is a stigma that seems to follow our generation, entitlement. There seems to be this idea that our generation is selfish, lazy, entitled, going nowhere and don’t care etc. etc.

Now from my perspective at 26, I feel that these stigmas are almost always associated with a new generation, because they in the eyes of the older generation lack the qualities and abilities to do things “right” compared to what was done. For an example, the perfect hardworking 1940’s parents led to the birth of the 1960’s and a radical overhaul of American culture.

I really want to focus on the 20 something’s of this generation, for as we all know of the Wall Street protests a large majority were college grads and no other than 20 something’s. With that came the remarks of how can we at our age walk around with Ipads and Iphones tweeting and posting on FB about inequality while having luxuries that the previous generation never had! How dare them!

Lets zip back to the 1980’s and the economic boom of the Madonna’s and MTV. The average savings of income that was saved by a household on average was 10%, the rest…..spent. With new technology coming out and a revolution in culture around music and sports Americans were spending money. Advertising was on an all out war with Americans wallets. They even had fake cell phones so you could look like you had a real one! For adults! It would be like me purchasing a fake Ipad for my trips so I looked like I owned one. People spent money to look like they had money. People bought into the commercials with their favorite sports star and wanted, wanted, wanted……and it was cheap. Money was easy and things were cheap. The MTV generation wanted things, and they went and spent money to get them, it felt good.

Now, these were the people that raised the 20 something’s of the world! The MTV generation. Now grown knew what it took to make it long term, college. Purchase your future and you will gain all of what you desire, a house, a nice car, a family, financially security. So like most in my generation a huge emphasis was put on college, that the debt put on it was worth it and that this alone would guarantee a great future.

What happened? The greatest recession since the great depression, hell it might as well been another depression. Suddenly jobs were sucked up, corporations tightened their belts and benefits were thrown to the wind. Greed was rampant and corporatism was the religion of the Government. So many took to the streets angry, angry that they had spent so much time in college to see that it really wasn’t a promise, it wasn’t a guarantee it was something less. So are they entitled? Yes, not that hard work isn’t involved to get what they seek, but they were raised to think that college was all they needed.

So to all you from the older generation point at the faults of the youth, look deep into yourself and how you raised your child. The dependence on an education bar hard work and the faulty assumption that college for a job was a guarantee were not ideas that we came up with on our own, we were raised to believe it was true. So now that a large part of the youth has lost hope in the process, lost hope in the future and are fine with a subtle life, could possibly be a venture toward an America that looks hard at it’s promises and looks hard into the frugality. Because a large portion of those working middle wage jobs are those that sought college, those that found it to be wanting and found that it wasn’t truly worth it.

So it may not be completely lost as you may think. We as your generation will learn our lessons, but pointing a finger that has three pointing back at you only makes you look foolish. Only time will tell what the future will bring, however personally I feel that it will reverberate in how we see the failures and raise our children to make new mistakes.

Morality, the edifice of duplicity and power….

_sr_-monogram-version-ii-...Morality, something seen as a virtue. A conscious inclination to ones own conduct. Most in America would say that morality is dictated by an objective source that one cannot change nor live without the precept of morality. The esteemed invariability that most hold to an external, objective morality is based on the assumption of basic straw man arguments.

To dispute the claims of morality being an objective, invariable source of human ethics, I will pose the question of why is slavery bad? We hold the idea today that slavery is immoral. Then why not less than 200 years ago was slavery a common occurrence and deemed acceptable? I have one undeniable fact, society. Society changes and ever shifts, we are told what is and what is not. What is good and what is bad. What is to be seen and what is not to be seen.

Society is a distinctive part of the human species. We are a communicating, collaborating, or just plainly social creatures. We strive and live together to have a better chance at survival. With this configuration of society their at some point comes a hierarchy. People in charge, people who delegate and conform the group into a compatible community. With this comes rules, laws and social structure. How do we dictate these social structures? Dawkins would explain it as a Darwinian principle, quite simply that the structure of the human species is to adapt to a point of a “higher” calling. You don’t kill your neighbor because it is bad for a society to exist that deems murder as acceptable.

However, with Dawkins stark approach it is to altruistic. People by very nature are selfish, I care about what I want often, and think of what someone else wants seldom. It is only natural to act in this manner, it’s called your survival instinct or as Freud would put it you Id which desires for immediate gratification. So we develop a line, to empower our self’s above such a cave man mentality. We have given this line the name of morality. Killing is wrong because it is immoral. However where did these morals come from? As stated above from society. Churches, politicians, media, parents and friends who partake in this extravagant mirage of media and religion.

Morality is the Crux of power, what a powerful statement, let me explain. Timothy  McVeigh, after Waco and Ruby Ridge was upset with the government and bombed the Oklahoma city building. McVeigh who acted on pure secular reason believed that the government was out of bounds, and believed strongly in his oath of defending the country against enemies foreign and domestic and saw the government as the enemy immoral and corrupt. The government acting on purely secular reason attacked Waco and Ruby Ridge, why? Because they were under the impression and spewed the impression that these people were immoral and the masses followed. Now  McVeigh was raised that killing was wrong, and attended Church, however joined the military and learned that killing was “ok” if it was for a good cause and even justifiable as long as it was for God and Country.  McVeigh merely turned the same moral principles that he was taught through life against the very society that dictated his moral conduct.

Here is my view, morality is absurd. Morality is only for the powerful to decide and for you to be subservient to. Morality allows for wars to be fought, for people to be acceptable of killing people whom they know nothing about. It allows people to be bigots for no other reason than to be bigots, and to deny others love and happiness because they deem them immoral. Rabbis do not eat pork, why? Because it is immoral to do so. From what source? a book! Pork is actually very good however they choose not to partake of its goodness for the principle of morality. Even animals by definition have morality, but one thing animals do not have is empathy. The ability to put yourself in someone else’s shoes is a characteristic of the human kind. It is selfish and altruistic at the same time. You do not kill others for you do not want to be killed. You help other because you would want someone to do the same for you. You do not hate others for their skin color or sexual preference because you do not want to be judged on what you choose to be or love.

Embrace empathy, for empathy will not start senseless wars and bigotry and hatred. empathy frees people form cynicism. Do not let morality dictate what you believe but empathy, because power is guarded by morality.