If I were to ask you what is the worst crime that someone can commit; I think the most common answers would be murder.
For me there is no doubt it is murder. That power that someone yields in taking away someone else's life, something that can never be fixed or undone, is truly the worst thing they can do.
On the flip side, if murder is the greatest most evil use of someone's power, what would be the best greatest use of their power? The answer: bringing or creating life.
Last week, rather quietly, the law was changed which will now allow the morning after pill to be bought right off the shelf and all you have to have is an ID proving you are 15-years-old to buy it.
No parental consent needed, no need to contact the parents. If you are 15 and have an ID you can walk right in and buy it. Though many don't think that is enough and want to abolish ANY age restriction.
I remember myself as a 15-year-old. I had a boyfriend who I was "in love" with. At times I probably even thought we would get married someday. I was so young and immature. Too immature to realize all of the unhealthy aspects of our relationship. Too immature to realize how in just a few shorts years I would be a completely different person one who would not be happy with this person.
Oh, I thought I was big at 15. I thought I was mature enough to know better than my parents. I thought I was happy, I thought I was on top of the world.
It was a lie.
Now I think of 15-year-olds being able to walk in and say, hey made a mistake, no big deal I can take care of it with no one ever knowing....
Fifteen-year-olds who we don't allow to drive, don't allow to vote or serve in the military are now old enough and mature enough to make this decision without anyone else ever knowing? No need to tell their parents, as heaven forbid we actually make and let parents do their job and actually parent and raise their children.
'You are naive, kids are going to have sex. It is better than another teen pregnancy'-- I can hear the comments now. I am not naive; I know that teenagers have sex, I know teen pregnancy is a problem. I know some will have abortions, some will keep the baby and love it, and some will keep the baby only to lose it to the state as they cannot care for it. I have seen all sides of this issue.
The decision to allow this upsets me the most because what it implies and indicates of the moral fabric of our society.
If it feels good do it, if it makes you happy it is good, it is your life, your body- do what you want; oh and don't worry we have a way to make sure there are no consequences for your actions. Yet, in the same breath people claiming that it is my body my choice will say things like "it takes a village to raise a child". Doesn't anyone see the complete irony in this? It is my choice, I get to do what I want but society needs to help me and take care of me.
It cannot be both ways.
Society cannot be based on the grounds of 'do what feels good, do what you want', as that is slippery slope with no where to land!
Society no longer seems to have a moral ground. Nothing solid to fall back on. No foundation. A building without a foundation cannot stand, cannot survive; even a building with a weak foundation will not survive a disaster.
'Your morals are old fashioned, so out of date!' critics may say.
So what! What if they are? At least I have a foundation and principles. Principles of working hard, principles of being responsible for my actions and knowing once I make a choice and commit an action, I don't then get to choose the consequences. My choice comes with the first action; after that I don't get to decide and change natural consequences.
Where is society's foundation? The more things are pushed and the more things that are accepted because it feels good, because it is "my choice", because it 'makes me happy' then there is soon no foundation at all. There will be nothing to keep it all together.
It will collapse.
This new law might seem like a little thing, the media barely took time to mention it, but so does every little change.. just one more little slip, one more crack, one more cornerstone taken away- until one day everyone will wake up and realize there is nothing.
I don't want to fall. I will speak up and do my part to raise red flags and say yes there is an absolute truth and it is the only thing that will keep us safe. Yes I am free to make choices but I am not free from the consequences.
Now to any whom this post may have offended, I am sorry. My intent was not to offend or call out any one person. I am so far from perfect. I fail and try again and fail and try again. My intent is to send out a wakeup call; to say enough is enough. We cannot keep pushing the line. We cannot keep saying it is okay. A line needs to be drawn, a foundation needs to be built, strengthened and lived by. Not just any foundation either. Current trends, fads or cultures are not strong enough; it has to be more. It has to be eternal.
It is the only way.
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