Alright, I'm gonna try this...
1. Why do you cry?
Sheesh, are we talking medical reasons or emotional? Is this a personal question or a rhetorical?
Some of mine: my eyes are EXTREMELY sensitive to onions, so whenever I'm cooking Italian.
For hopelessness, for frustration, for grief, for lack, for beauty, for euphoria, in empathy.
2. Are you for or against abortion? Why or why not?
Not as a matter of birth control, and under very select conditions.
I have to realize, after reviewing my life, that I could have been one of those conditions. Maybe it would have enriched my parents' lives; I can't say.
What if Mother Teresa was an abortion?
What if Hitler was an abortion?
I believe that many times, this choice is abused. And I hate.
But, yes, the option is necessary, and I have seen the times when it is. So, definitely.
3. Are you for or against the death penalty? Why or why not?
A person I know (through an organization), began writing an inmate on death row. The factors regarding this man: He had fatality shot an officer during a robbery. The man was on cocaine, and was mentally perverted due to his time and conditions in combat. An act had been passed for persons in his situation that would take into account the recent agent of mental deterioration due to war. He missed being liable for this exemption by thirty days.
After five years of writing, visits, and watching the inmate come through rehabilitation and psychiatric help, my acquaintance watched this man die. I know that he lost a very dear friend.
I believe that close contact with any human being -- any startling sense of humanity in them -- puts their life into perspective for the impacted party. Can I say that the death penalty should be allowed for crimes of absolute cruelty and savagery? Yes. Can I also say that spending years in direct communication with the person would still allow me to make the same choice of life or death? I don't know. It could depend on the person, which scares me.
It is not the death penalty that alarms me, nor the pending circumstances that will make the decision of life or death. Instead, I wonder, looking out over the mess people make of their own lives, countries, and world, why are we making LIFE an issue of bargain? It doesn't seem our right, no do so many things that I take for granted. I can't stand some of the people I work with, so what makes me an unbiased arbitrator in a persons death? I don't feel anyone is QUALIFIED to make that determination, and yet, this is a punishment for people who are taking the same judgment into action. If there is a chance of rehabilitation, then I would say take it. Yet, in the situation where convalescence is impossible, if the person was not put to death, the entire point of their existence would be a discipline directed towards misery. In this case, why not just kill them instead of trusting torture to remedy?
Hmm. I suppose that I am for it, simply because of the few governing factors that would make me say "YES" in answer to the question, "Should this person die?"
But I would welcome another feasible, adequate alternative.
4. Are you for or against assisted suicide? Why or why not?
... my words already expressed:
Absolutely for it. It is our life - we choose how to live it, I think we should be able to choose how to end it. I abhor the thought of lying
in a coma and being a burden on my family, or being paralyzed and unable to fend for myself at all. Like the abortion, I don't think it
is something that should be carelessly employed, but I do think that it has much value in many situations.
Excellent questions, Allysa!