January 2013 Archives

Thu Jan 31 16:14:33 MST 2013

Understanding

Let's talk abortion. We can all agree that a world with fewer abortions would be a better world. How can we get there? The reasonable person starts with improving sex education and expanding access to contraception. The reasonable person also accepts that, no matter what, there will always be some baseline number of abortions.

Unfortunately, not everyone is reasonable. No need to name names, but you know who they are: “Ban abortion!” “Ban contraception!” (“Ban education!”, say some of the more extreme ones). And the thing is, it's not that they're stupid or evil—they're just coming from a very different place. They received misinformation as children, and now it's just very hard to correct that.

How can we have a conversation with those people? Where do we even begin? Simple biology; basic human behavior; elementary economics; all those concepts are missing and need to be filled in. And before we even start, the person needs to realize that there might be something they don't know. (Not that they're wrong. Nobody ever thinks they're wrong. The only place to begin is by admitting that we might not know everything).

Daunting, isn't it? Do you feel a little despair? That's how I feel when I hear otherwise intelligent people talking about banning “assault weapons”. Yes, seriously. Look within: if you're reading this it's because you're a friend of mine, which means you're intelligent and self-aware. Look within, and ask yourself: do I know enough about guns to offer an informed opinion? Is it possible that I've been misinformed? Might there be something I don't know?

Let's talk.


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