Sunday, January 26, 2014

Abortions and Smoking Pot

A few days ago I saw an interview of a pot activist in Colorado.  He made a very compelling case for the decriminalization of marijuana in the U.S.  The interviewer made the case that pot is harmful and dangerous.  The activist agreed with this point, but said criminalizing pot is more harmful and dangerous and by decriminalizing it allows the government to regulate stupid behavior.

I also heard that Americans are shifting their support away from abortion.  The debate on abortion similarly pits two opposing sides to the issue and involve laws attempting to limit harmful behavior.

I would like to propose a thought experiment inspired by Jean Valjean who stole a loaf of bread to feed his sister's child and then served 19 years in prison.  Imagine that millions of people started stealing bread. Debating the morality of stealing bread seems irrelevant and passing stricter laws would be nonsense.  What needs to be addressed is "what has happened in our society where so many turn to stealing bread?"  Is it a lack of food?   Is it a lack of regard for other people's property?

Applying these questions to smoking pot and abortion.  "What is happening in our society that so many turn to the harmful behavior of smoking pot?"  and "What is happening in our society where mothers and fathers are deciding to destroy the seeds of human life that they created?"  I think that the answers to these questions are an indictment.

Thought experiment over, you can resume your usual activities.

P.S. Not sure if using the word "pot" makes me sound outdated like my parents sounded when they used the word "dope".  Feel free to substitute "weed" or whatever name makes you feel more comfortable.

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