A Powerful Anti-Abortion Message From A Disgraced And Cancelled Messenger

Back before it was all discarded to elect a serial harasser and accused rapist President, #MeToo saw to it that comic Louis C.K. was condemned to wander in the metaphorical wilderness for a particularly disgusting variety of harassment. He is indeed what is clinically defined as a “sick fuck,” but C.K. is intelligent and perceptive too. If anyone is listening, he is capable of conveying wisdom beyond “don’t masturbate in front of female colleagues who you have invited up to your hotel room.”

The clip above is from 2018, I think, when a post-cancellation Louis extolled in grand (if vulgar) terms the wonder of life, and how even the worst lives were a marvel. (The Thornton Wilder classic “Our Town” carries the same message, and I’m sure it is on the verge of being cancelled too, since it is about, yechh, white people. Actually it is about all people, but never mind, that won’t save it.)

And I found myself thinking, as I listened to C.K.’s routine on the radio yesterday by purest happenstance, how can anyone ethically deny life, this gift, this wonder, to another human being who would have it without outside interference, for any reason other than literal survival. Those invalid reasons include, “I have a legal right to do it,” as well as “that future life will interfere with my career,” and “it’s just not convenient right now.”

4 thoughts on “A Powerful Anti-Abortion Message From A Disgraced And Cancelled Messenger

  1. I personally think some people defend abortion because they aren’t thinking clearly about what’s actually involved in an abortion. When I question people about the moral status of the developing child, they get squeamish and defensive with me. For the women who get it, many are simply scared and again, aren’t always thinking clearly. For those who get abortions because it will “ruin my career” or “inconvenience my life,” I have a hard time not seeing them as actually bad people, especially when they defend the decision into their later years.

    Sex has consequences. People want free sex with everyone at any time they want it. There are natural, build in consequences to sex, and people who are ardent pro-choicers refuse to acknowledge these natural consequences.

    I don’t know where I stand specifically the exceptions, but, generally speaking, it seems that abortion is really a tragedy for all involved.

  2. For those not familiar with Emily’s famous speech at the end of “Our Town” (which I would have put in the post but it would have been a digression): She is dead, having died in childbirth, and is given the chance to re-live a single, not especially momentous day in her life, until her emotions overwhelm her. And she says, accepting death, she is “ready to go”:

    “Good-bye , Good-bye world. Good-bye, Grover’s Corners….Mama and Papa. Good-bye to clocks ticking….and Mama’s sunflowers. And food and coffee. And new ironed dresses and hot baths….and sleeping and waking up. Oh, earth,you are too wonderful for anybody to realize you. Do any human beings ever realize life while they live it–every,every minute?’

    The answer she gets to that question is “No…”

  3. I think the elite’s attitude toward family is best encapsulated in the voiceover from Scandal, while Olivia Pope undergoes an abortion to “Silent Night.”

    “Family is a burden … a pressure point, soft tissue, an illness, an antidote to greatness. You think you’re better off with people who rely on you, depend on you, but you’re wrong, because you will inevitably end up needing them, which makes you weak, pliable. Family doesn’t complete you. It destroys you.”

    As a career person who has never had a family, and is looking back with some regrets (that’s par for the course, anyone who reaches the end of life and says he has none is either the luckiest or the stupidest man ever) I can tell you that is not the case. Family is, like anything else in life, something in which you play the hand you are dealt, and sometimes, especially in the case of kids, you don’t necessarily know what you’re getting until far along. The costs can be great, the responsibilities can be great, but so can the rewards. Family can be a glass ceiling, but it can also be a floor that stops you from falling too far, or the scale ladder that finally helps you climb the rest of the way. Family only destroys you if it’s toxic, which, more often than not, it isn’t.

    As for life, again, it is what you make of it. However, it’s not for someone else to declare you unworthy of it unless you have committed some major crime.

  4. Louis C.K. helped me begin again life as a divorced dad. His routines and shows gave much needed perspective.

    One particular episode is with Robin Williams where they both discovered they were the only two people in their industry to attend the funeral of a disliked colleague… A touching episode and even more so watching it days after Williams had passed.

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