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OK NOW ONTO TONIGHT’S POST!
I was walking home from the grocery store yesterday, carrying two ginormous bags that were large enough to smuggle a small animal in. And in front of my building were two “street ambassadors” for Planned Parenthood.
You know the type: they are wearing branded, Hanes T-Shirts, are carrying clipboards, and aggressively smile and wave you down from half a block away, while attempting to engage you in a clearly biased conversation. “Got a minute for women’s health?” No? Okay, have a great day…you heartless monster!!!
Honestly, these “street accosters” are the bane of my existence in NYC. Much like a cockroach. Never welcome. And incessantly hard to get rid of.
Okay…maybe a little. But I digress.
My hands were full, it was a long day. And I did not want to get into it with my archnemesis, Planned Parenthood.
So as this PP ambassador was literally cornering me into the side of the building as I was trying to pass without engaging with him, I looked him dead in the eyes and said,
“I am morally opposed to abortion.”
And on my merry way I went.
At least I didn’t offer a cloyingly sweet smile and say to them, “Abortion is murder” as I have been known to do in the past. In my mind, I was making progress.
But putting away my groceries in my apartment a few minutes later, I realized that I had missed an opportunity there. An opportunity to engage in a healthy and respectful dialogue that could have actually been productive as to why I am against abortion, and by extension, Planned Parenthood.
I don’t know about you, but it seems as though recently, the world has seemed a little bleak. I don’t know if it’s because it’s the end of the summer and or because of all the scandals in the news right now politically, religiously, and pop culturally (hello, Nicki Minaj and Cardi B?), but I feel as though I’m a bit on an island.
Maybe you can relate?
But it’s like all of a sudden, all of the crap going on in the world and all the “BS” in society is rising to the top, becoming crystal clear and in-your-face.
Seriously, I feel like it all started with 13 Reasons Why. Our media — geared towards teens — has become so distorted and destructive. I mean, there was a movie out this summer called “Cock Blockers” – a tongue in cheek comedy about a group of high schoolers’ pact to lose their virginity on Prom Night, and the lengths their parents will go to “block” that from happening.
Pop icons are literally assaulting each other and throwing shoes at one another at fashion show parties.
There’s a new “trend” on Instagram right now called “Ribcage Bragging” where — you guessed it, Instagram models are flaunting their skeletal bodies, creating a destructive standard of “beauty” for young women to strive for.
The music we’re blasting is disgustingly derogatory towards women, and glorifying drugs and using women. or saying that “God is a Woman.”
We’re letting prepubescent kids take hormones to change their gender.
Iceland is bragging about “eliminating” Down syndrome when in reality, what that really means is that they’ve successfully influenced mothers to abort all the babies that would be born with Down syndrome.
We’ve got a Pope that people can’t stand behind, and a Church ripe with corruption.
We’ve allowed pornography to become so mainstream that the average age that kids are exposed to it is ten years old.
And the biggest problem is our indifference.
We are all just sitting back and letting this all happen.
Just like my response to the PP canvassers today.
No one is willing to stand up and take the unpopular opinion that, Hey, this is wrong. This needs to stop. We need a change.
We live in a society that if you utter a dissenting opinion to the “godless agenda,” you’re labeled as a bigot. Or ignorant. Or any other number of hurtful, biased names.
When are we going to push the pause button and at least ask the question of: What is the implication of all this?
But the even more important, and sobering question, is, How am I contributing to what our world has become?
Sure, my heart and mind say one thing, but do my actions shout, “Indifferent?!”
And that is a hard question. Because we are to live in this world, but not be “of” this world. And further to that, what can we do? Really?
It is a discouraging conversation to have with oneself. How do you stop a freight train with a feather?
And I keep going back to the PP Canvassers. I could have engaged them in a respectful conversation right there on the sidewalks of Greenwich Village, and explained to them why I value the sanctity of life. Why, because I believe that we are children of God, created and known by the Father in the womb, that I believe abortion is wrong. I could have had a fruitful, positive conversation with this guy.
But I didn’t. I took the easy way out, offering a “one liner” that frankly, didn’t help anyone in the situation. But I didn’t want to have a tough conversation. I didn’t want to be uncomfortable.
But the truth of the matter is that in order for anything to change in this broken world, we need to be willing to have those uncomfortable conversations.
We can’t be indifferent anymore. We’re drowning in it.
And it’s time we step up to the plate, and respectful conversation by respectful conversation, offer a different perspective. And give people an opportunity to stop and think, and reevaluate what they’ve been taught to believe by this pop culture freight train to nowhere.
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