In college I earned an Integrated Studies degree in History and Poltical Science. My undergraduate research was on genocide, specifically how hate and discrimination are bread in society. A very ambiguous topic that to some degree has interested me my entire life.
My greatest fear and greatest joy in life is mankind. Everyone is capible of anything when extreme curcimstances demand it. Even when the darkest times of human nature are prominent so are the brightest.
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It all boils down to discrimination, egocentrism and the inevitable us & them.
Even though I studied Political Science it really frustrates me to hear all the back and forth. However, it only takes a simple stroll through facebook to see what subjects are weighing heavily on my friends and family back home. and around the world.
So here is where I stand on the latest Prop 8 topic.
Long ago I had a conversation with a woman whom to this day I respect a great deal . She believed that God gave each of us trials on earth to overcome, sure we make mistakes and we stumble through our lessons but when the subject of same sex marriage came up she said something to the effect that being attracted to the same sex was their God given trial and they needed to overcome it by not acting on those feelings, marry the opposite sex and have a family in spite of their true feelings.
At that age I hadn't yet asked myself the difficult questions or formed my own opinion but something changed in me that day. I just can't imagine a world or believe in a higher power that would expect a person to live their entire life never knowing or sharing in true love.
As the decades and centuries progress each generation and society tackles a new concept of what is right and wrong, what is unacceptable and what is tollerable.
It isn't easy, none of it is simple. All these issues are complex and can never be universally accepted.
The beauty of mankind is that we have the right to our own beliefs. To create a life that brings us fulfillment and a sense of pride and honor.
I had a very conservitive upbringing with black and white rules, right and wrong, I knew what was expected of me and I knew that if I had a question there would be an answer.
Through a slow process of questioning and soul searching I no longer live the way I did in my youth but the greatest lesson I have learned is that we all have free will and it is our right (and I believe it is our duty) to pursue the life that brings peace to our mind and freedom to our soul.
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In times where sensitive but immersurably important topics are up for public debate we need to fight against discrimination on all sides of the argument. It is our right to fight for our beliefes no matter if you are for, against or undecided on the subject.
Whether it is race, religion, love, gender or any one of the miriad of debatable topics... A law won't change hearts of the people but it is a step towards understanding.
It is important to strive not only to be understood but also to understand.
I am proud of my friends and family who fight for their opinions and beliefes no matter which angle of the multifauceted issues they stand.