To live, it seems, is to devour the young.
Although a liberal, I for one do believe that abortion is, as a friend of mine recently put it, “baby murdering,” or to be more precise, the killing of a potential human life. Nevertheless, I support the legality of abortion in the belief that from death comes life.
As it happens, it would seem both the pro- and anti-abortion camps seem to agree with this principle of “from death comes life.” Where they disagree is on the question of who is dying, who is living, and in what ways.
Conservatives say that society exists for its children, and that a woman should be willing to expend her career and even her life if necessary. After all, this is what we are called to do as biological beings and children of God.
Liberals, however, point out that a society which exists only to breed is not much of a society at all. There are issues of aspirations and happiness for adults in general and women in particular that have been overlooked for far too long in history. After all, a civilization in which half the species is consigned to the bedchamber is losing out on half its potential to produce the artists and intellectuals who raise the human being above the animal.
So you can see why the two camps are at loggerheads — conservatives focus on the future, liberals on the present; conservatives focus on the general species, liberals on the individual creature; conservatives call for self-sacrifice, liberals call for self-fulfillment.
Until these two poles can be reconciled, or transcended, it’s an unwinnable debate. The most fanatical of the both camps realize this, hence the bombings of abortion clinics and the resort to the judicial system as a backdoor method of legislating. They believe that violence and cunning may prevail where reason has failed.
With regards to the hypocrisies of both camps, well, that’s a whole other fun subject. Liberals loathe war, but how many governments have been overthrown so they can enjoy their soy lattes? Conservatives love war, but how many of the little darlings they demand our women to breed will die–and have already died–by the sword?
Murder seems inescapable. To make another comparison, we have slowly ground to death millions of Chinese children just for the clothes we wear on our backs, but make no mistake, the situation would be no different if it was our children who were in the sweat shops and their adults in the department stores. And we need not look to human civilization to see that in nature all animals, be they philosophers or brutes, consume the children of other species, and frequently their own. To live, it seems, is to devour the young.