Kids these days...except for me and a few others.
My philosophy class had a paper due today and the professor just asked each of us to say what our topic and thesis were, and then briefly elaborate (is that an oxymoron?). I'd say about half the class picked moral issues for their papers: abortion, death penalty, stem cell research, euthanasia. I died a little inside when 4 out of the 6 who did abortion said they were pro-choice. But then one of the pro-lifers said abortion was acceptable in cases of rape (even though she totally contradicted herself by saying first that the fetus was a human and deserves rights....so a child whose father was a rapist isn't a human and doesn't deserve rights? I can't see the logic there...). 3 out of the 4 who did euthanasia were for it. One guy did stem cell research and was for it, but I shot him down and educated the class by telling them that embryonic stem cells have cured nothing but there are over 60 cures from adult stem cells. (And then my boyfriend chimed in that they need government funding because private investors don't want to invest in a lost cause.) At least the few who did the death penalty were for it because they recognize justice needs to be served (and judgment should be left up to God).
It's just sad that life has been devalued so much that people think it's okay to kill an innocent, unborn child just because it's "unwanted," or to kill a person who's chronically ill. Actually, the euthanasia thing is really cloudy for me...I haven't made up my mind completely on that one. But basically, life has been devalued and it's really, really sad. =(
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