Tom P. has contributed an inspiring and thoughtful Comment of The Day in response to the disturbing but ultimately uplifting story of how a Russian orphan, abused by her American adoptive parents, not only survived and thrived (that’s Sabrina today with her family, above), but did so without succumbing to bitterness and despair.
Tom’s first line in his comment is especially provocative, I think. When are “we given” that one life we have the opportunity to do with what we can? Isn’t it at the moment a unique genetic being comes into existence, with the living biochemical capacity to develop and grow if others don’t interfere for their own reasons to stop the process? If that is the case, and I do not see any way to deny it with intellectual honesty, how can abortion activists argue their position without dealing with the existence of two lives in the abortion equation, and not only the mother’s?
But the rest of Tom P.’s Comment of the Day on the two-part post, “The Incredible Sabrina Caldwell Ethics Train Wreck,” is equally thought-provoking. Here it is:
We are each given but one life and it is up to us and only us how we choose to live it. In the United States at least, except for our genetics and eventually dying everything else is of our choosing. That is not to say that everything is within our control or that our choices come without consequences. Basically, regardless of the situation each of us can control the choice but not the outcome.
Sometimes we can evaluate alternatives, foresee possible outcomes, and make an informed calculated choice. Sometimes we can’t. If all goes well, that’s great. It is what we do when all does not go well however that defines us. It determines our outlook on life and our level of happiness. For me, there are three keys to my happiness. When things don’t go well, I refuse to consider myself a victim, I count my blessings and try to learn from my misfortunes. Even when things go well, I count my blessings and discount my misfortunes.
It seems to me that Sabrina may also embrace these principles. While she admittedly had the help of a caring soul ultimately, I believe her inner strength and positive attitude allowed her to grow and prosper. She either consciously or unconsciously understood that victimhood, self-pity, and resentments only hurt her and those around her. Our country would benefit greatly if more people embraced her example.
What causes this mindset is unclear to me. It could be nature, nurture, life’s experiences, all, or none of the above. For me, I think a near-death experience helped inspire my current philosophy. Did the near-death experience create my philosophy or merely serve as a catalyst? I have no idea, and I don’t care. It is not important to me.
Regrettably, our progressive woke culture has divided our population into two groups. You are either an abuser or the victim of an abuser. The current abusers are rich white folk who don’t pay their fair share and revel in their white privilege. They have institutionalized systemic racism so they can exploit “people of color”. Progressives drum into the heads of the populous that the perpetrators of crime are themselves, victims. They loudly proclaim blacks can’t succeed, are impoverished, and are disproportionately incarcerated because of systemic racism and not because of their life choices.
It is easy to be a victim it doesn’t require any work or courage. You can just sit back on your pity pot and build resentments and discontent. Victims Look to politicians to solve their problems. The politicians are more than happy to stoke the discontent. The last thing they want is a happy, and self-reliant electorate.
Our country is severely divided our economy is in turmoil, discontent is rampant. Our country needs more Sabrina’s and fewer people embracing victimhood. Our country would benefit if each of us in our small way would complain less, and do less finger-pointing. The problems we are currently facing in this country are not Trump’s or Biden’s fault we are the ones who elected those, Bozos. We are the ones sending the same clowns back to Washington each election. We need to demand solutions and accountability from our elected officials, not band-aids. For example, if there are problems with teen pregnancies, foster care, and adoption services demand those problems be fixed. Abortion is an irresponsible cowardly band-aid.