Tuesday, September 7, 2010

never ever have I ever...

Have you played that game? Accompanied by alcohol or not, I always seem to get to a point where I can't think of anything I haven't done, and can only think of the things I have done.

In reality I haven't done so many things that I'd like to. I've never jumped from a plane or a high bridge. I've never been off this continent. I've never used a passport. I've never graduated college. I've never owned a car or a house. I've never even had my own pet.

This last part is particularly sad seeing as I fell in love with an amazing kitten with little white paws and a cute little mew over the weekend that was looking for a loving home. And I wanted to be the one who gave it to him. Sadly, I have a total ass of a cat who lives with me that takes the hugest poops on the planet and beats up other kitties for no reason other than he is a tool. I knew I couldn't offer the baby kitty a safe place to live without first offing the current cat that lives in my house and I just couldn't bring myself to do that.

So here I am, kitten-less and thinking about

Something I hope I never have to do.

for the 6th instalment of my challenge.

I came to this conclusion after typing a list of things I never want to do and since my life is highly influenced by Radiolab I came up with a really good answer.

I never want to have to choose between my life and someone else's. Or someone else's life and someone else's. I don't ever want to have to decided whose life is more valuable. Ever.

This means a few things. I never want to have to kill anyone, be it self defense or in war to ensure my own safety. I never want to have to choose between saving this person or that person; no matter how much love I have for one or all parties involved. I never want to have to value any one life over another, for any reason, ever.

I have all these beliefs that contradict directly with this, but I'm thinking that when the time came, I'd have no idea what I'd do, so I'm hoping I never have to.

I support the death penalty... but if I were actually on the jury I'd need a whole lot of evidence before I called the person guilty. Yes the bible says an eye for an eye, and yes I believe some people just won't change and deserve to die; but I know it also says that we are to leave the judging to God.

I am pro choice for so many reasons, and the main one being I believe that no matter if abortion is legal or not, women will still do it; I want women to have a safe, non judgemental medical facility to abort the pregnancy if that's what they think is best. Unfortunately, the metal coat hanger will never go out of style; but I want there to be another option. Because some people just shouldn't be parents, and some children deserve a better life than to be born addicted to drugs or into a home of people who didn't want them and won't take care of them. I believe that if there is a birth defect that will inhibit that person from ever having a normal life and will not ever let the parents have a normal life after, there should be the option to not go through with it. In nature the mother of litters will ignore the runt or defect baby in a litter, people won't. And the money that can be saved and spent on bringing up a healthy child the next time around makes logical sense to me. But I'm not pregnant, and I don't have this choice in front of me, and I never actually want to have to make it.

If you have an hour and want to listen to some pretty smart people talk about morality and where it comes from clickety click on the thing below. Then, once your mind has been blown and you feel like a few doors in your brain you didn't know were there just opened, go to radiolab.org and find more things to change your life in a positive way.


  1. I haven't played that game since I was seventeen, before I really did anything of interest. Now, being that I'm one of the few married people in my social circle, I certainly would not want to play!

    I don't think I'd mind choosing between my life and someone else's in certain circumstances. I'd probably play it too fast and loose with the death penalty if I had the opportunity. An abortion isn't a choice for me, though; I wouldn't reject motherhood no matter what. Though I don't have a problem with other people choosing it; as far as I'm concerned, the damage (pregnancy) is already done, and now they just have two really bad choices on how to deal with it.

    I'm going to listen to the thingum you posted while I read the rest of my blogs for today!

  2. Well... That was worth the hour of listening, to say the least.

    Too much thinking for me too close to breakfast.

  3. I haven't played that game in a few years, but it is always fun to hear the things people have to say. I have learned a lot of interesting things from people, especially when alcohol is involved.

    I agree with the things you never want to do. It would be really hard to have to make some of those decisions. I have sat and wondered if someone ever broke into my house if I would actually have the nerve to shoot them if my safety was threatened. I honestly hope I never have to face that. Great post, very thought provoking.

  4. Hello. Insightful post. I hope I never have to do a lot of those things either. To "Yes the bible says an eye for an eye,", indeed the Bible does say that. But in with the entering of Christ, this was transformed when He said, (Matt 5:38) "You have heard that it was said, 'Eye for eye, and tooth for tooth. But I tell you, Do not resist an evil person. If someone strikes you on the right cheek, turn to him the other also. And if someone wants to sue you and take your tunic, let him have your cloak as well."

    Now I don't think we should give murderers our children so they can kill them too, lol. But basically that we should not be so quick to exact the revenge we seek. What should we do? Well, I would ask God that question (which we can do in prayer) since I don't know. But I do know following God's will for things is the safest, most efficient (not the mention the best) way to go. Even when ppl call you out, you're justified. Yay. I wish the government ppl would ask God before making laws, participating in wars, and overall running the nation. Like the Kings from back in the day did. *Sigh*