As with all of the other blog posts, I had to do some thinking about what my first response post would be. After some thinking, I decided that I would like to write up a response to today's freewrite discussion (9/30/15) that delved into abortions. My responses and or thoughts about this topic might slightly go on a tangent, but I will do my best to relate everything as best as possible. Here we go.
So, first off, let's backtrack a couple of weeks ago. During a long car ride, I struck up a conversation with my mom about the whole Kim Davis situation. Since my mom is lesbian, I wanted to know what she thought about Kim Davis. Her response was complicated, but the general gist of it was that she didn't like what Davis was doing, but understood why she was doing it. In other words, she told me to put myself in Davis' shoes, and think how hard it would be to either obey the government and not your religion, or vice versa. Here's an honest question: If you were in Davis' situation, what would you do? Follow your religion or comply with the government?
My response to my mother was a little different. First off, I think that if you run for office, you have to comply with the terms of your job. There are no exceptions. It is just like being a teacher; you have a certain curriculum to follow, and you can't just simply stray from that just because it was against your personal beliefs. If you cannot do that, then you should not be working/running that position. Now, Kim Davis' situation is a little different, as she cannot simply resign. But on the other hand, she sort of knew what she getting into by running for that office in the first place.
Anyway, this brings me to my second big point in that anyone can practice whatever religion they want, as long as they keep it to themselves. If you stop and think about it, it makes some sense. A lot of tension comes from people of different religions and or faiths trying to impose their personal beliefs onto other people. Simply put, if you mind your own business, you'll be just fine. Don't go poking into other people's business, as that will more than likely provoke a fight. If everyone in the world just kept their own beliefs to themselves, then there would be much more peace and happiness.
This brings up another most important topic: Respect. In the previous paragraph, the only way for people to mind their business is to respect one another. If you don't like another person's belief, don't argue with them. Instead, just appreciate them for who they are and agree to disagree. If you don't see eye to eye with someone, that doesn't mean you have to be sworn enemies. You could just set that difference aside and as said before, just appreciate them for who they are, not what you want them to be. Back to Kim Davis' situation. She could just say to herself that yes, these people may be gay, and that is against my religion but I can give these people the marriage licenses because ultimately, they are the ones getting married, and not me. To me, giving the marriage licenses is not against her religion, as she is not the one who is getting married. Merely, she is just respecting and honoring those people by issuing the licences. She might not like gay people, and the choices they make, but in the end she should honor them as individual human beings that are different from her, and not as people who are "wrong".
Anyway, I find that this can be related to abortion too. Many people are for abortion, and many people are not. Again, different religions influence people and the choices they make. Rather than arguing and spinning around in circles, you should just learn to respect people for who they are. Sure, you may not like abortion at all, but that is just what you think. You have to be able to see it from the other side too. Here's the way I see it: You may frown upon abortion, but in the end, you are not the one that is having to choose to abort or deliver the baby. No matter what choice people make in their lives, you shouldn't put them down or judge them. You should learn to respect others without putting them down. As long as you mind your own faiths, what difference does it make to you if people choose to live their lives differently?