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.