Ivan Eland’s recent commentary could not be more pertinent and enlightening (“Eland: Having empathy for potential adversaries is not weakness, it’s smart!,” Daily Independent, Dec. 2, 2021).
Any fool might think those who yell loudest yell best.
An effective person recognizes the need to “seek first to understand, and then to be understood” (Crediting the late Steven Covey). This axiom applies beautifully when conflict arises over the need for vaccination against COVID, the need for wearing masks indoors while in public and in discussing highly volatile issues, like abortion.
In the waiting room ... when a man was told he must put on a mask, he defiantly declared, “I have cancer and I have been told [at a local hospital] that I don’t have to wear a mask!” When presented with the information that immuno–compromised individuals were waiting, he declared, “I don’t believe it!”
When “personal freedom” bumps into scientific reality there are information venues in abundance refuting the need for vaccination. Let’s face it, controversy sells advertising and the most obtuse blabbermouths are ready to swarm in.
Recognition of private circumstances and the fact that we humans all favor life (excepting possible sociopaths) and it is time that the term “pro-life” be eliminated in favor or freedom of choice advocates versus those believing themselves preferable arbiters of how a woman responds to unwanted pregnancy. There is emotionally laden language on both sides.
Remember please: No one comprehends the circumstances facing a woman who for a variety of medical and practical reasons terminates a pregnancy.
There is no greater sanctity of personal freedom than that over one’s own body! What is the life experience of someone who would presume to control another person, please!
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