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Issue 9:
Birth Control And Abortion







“We're not primarily put on this earth to see through
one another, but to see one another through."

Peter De Vries, on purpose









[This essay is primarily concerned with two very controversial subjects having to do with human reproduction. In line with this controversy, let me try to make plain the purpose of my setting forth my opinions in my writings on this web site.

When I began writing, I hoped to write not only to inform, but to teach and clarify to myself, the subjects, I considered important. So, my writings were primarily aimed at me. Later, I thought that I could widen that scope, by opening a dialog, and entertaining comments – this failed, because of the trolls, and the ability of this commentary to derail the concentration on the matter at hand; so I eliminated that feature from the site. But I kept the site open, so that I could share, with others, what I learned through my teaching myself through my writings. I hoped that they would see these essays not as the final word to things, but as works in progress; and, as mere opinions, to stimulate the reader to find his or her own truths.

Also, I wanted to show that reason, not the belief of the “group”, is the way to address the circumstances of the world. Today, much of our thinking has been overridden with addiction to beliefs; and, in doing this, we have put the only real tool humanity has to deal with life into “cold storage!” That is not right. We not only have the right, but the duty to put reason above every other tool we have to confront life. So, that is also something, I want to get across to the reader, as I have also made it my own primary objective in life.

So that is the spirit with which I give these essays to you. At times, you may find them disconcerting; or even aggravating; and you may even see in them the attempt at conspiring, after hidden agendas. I beg you not to see any of this; but, see, merely opinions, which the author has battled, with himself, to make clear to himself, through reason – for, that is all they are. I ask you to see them merely as methods (or goads) that stimulate your own thoughts on the matters at hand, and allow you to find your own truths – even if they are contrary to the author's.

So, read to learn; just as the author has written to learn!]




Reproduction is part of the purpose1 of the human species – the prolongation of life into the future! In order for life to continue, for any particular form of creature, it must reproduce itself. In fact, that is what the “survival” of the human species means!

But humans, because they have rationality, and are capable of choosing the type of future they may have, can do something no other life form can do: they can choose to make reproduction also serve the individual's purpose. Let me explain what I mean here.

No other species deals with purpose, only humans. For the biological world, outside our species, reproduction is a mechanical and rote activity, given over to instinct. But humans can overcome the instincts of the biological world by interjecting rationality; and with that, make that rationality serve a purpose. Although, the majority of life on this planet reproduces blindly through instinct, the human can choose to inject purpose into this mechanical life reproducing process. As Darwin pointed out, survival of the species, through the survival of the fittest, is the rule where non-human life is concerned. But the human brain took the human species out of that loop, through the human trait of creating purpose. In short, a human life has, or serves a purpose, not only for the species of Homo sapiens, but also for itself! This is what makes humanity special.

Life ends! Nothing can subvert this rule of mortality. But life found a way to, in a way, subvert it – through the reproductive process of creating another life. So, when the parent dies, the child goes on, to extend the species into the future; and so the process continues.

But, in the human being, life is not only a process, seeking a way to subvert its end, with a new life, but a “life with meaning”, that is, what we call, the “individual”. And this individual also seems to have something attached, that is the way, or manner, in which that individual forms itself apart from all others – what the religious term a soul; or something that doesn't end2, as the mortality it is entrapped in does. Science sees this as a form of “self-awareness” that is translated into the individual, with a particular history of its own. So, that the life of the individual also has meaning, and consequently purpose, through this individuality, it acquires during its lifetime through its self-awareness.

Another factor that affects this individual is “quality of life.” In the human, as in no other life form, we know of, life has “quality.” The individual feels; and invests life not just with “a life”, to be reproduced, but with what that individual communicates to others in that life that is felt: happiness; sadness; misery; depression; elation; and a thousand other feelings that invest that individual with something called meaning and purpose. So, the individual becomes unique and important – not just a method to perpetuate the species.

Part of this human “individuality” is the purpose it can choose for the new individual it will reproduce. The lower creatures do not care about the life of the new creature, they will bring into this world; they merely create a new life, without consideration of it or the consequences it will produce. But a human further invests the reproductive process with a “love”, that ties the parents together, so they will give this new life they create something beyond just life, but a nurturing environment (both physical and mental) – and, a way for it to fit into the human society into which it is born.

Now, having surveyed the reproductive process, we can get into the issues we should consider that address the reproductive process in our society.

Again, the religious biases of the interpreters of religion try to stop the masses from thinking about what is the best course for human reproduction to follow. They rail against birth control and abortion as being against the rules of God. This same absentee landlord that has caused so much human suffering in this world through forcing His creations to ignore that very same reasoning ability He, Himself, gave them!3 Thus societies, because of the religions' rule of unfettered reproduction, has caused two thousand years of human misery. And created famines and plights that have made many human lives living Hells, through totally disregarding the material future of the new life that is brought into this world.

What Is Important:

The life of the individual is the most important thing that human reproduction can address.

How can we make the reproductive process benefit that newly formed human it will bring into this world?

Firstly, by making that life to be, the best it can be, when it is born. By investing it with a loving and caring family that makes its welfare the primary object of that birth, we also ensure a society that will prosper from that birth. Thus, that life will have meaning and purpose, and further unite its society together, passing on that love it has been shown in its own life.

Today, we are seeing people bring children into this world that are unwanted; that are mistakes that should have never happened. The result are children that are disavowed by their parents, and grow up in the streets, in poverty, and hating the society and family that has disowned them. The overall effect of this is gangs, suicides, drug addictions and crimes; people, who want to leave a life that is unbearable for them. And, the effects on society are even worse: poverty, ghettos and cities that are places where no one is safe.

Birth control and abortion (when it is needed, at least in the first trimester) are tools that can be used to avoid these kinds of situations from ever happening. Remember, we have the ability, through reason, to offset the downside of the reproductive process, if that process will result in a downside for the newborn, the parents or society. Creating a life of pain and suffering is not what human reproduction is about; what it is about, is creating the best possible lives for all involved, including society.

Women's Rights:

Even, when I was young, married women were called “housewives”; the roll of women in society was fixed (they were fixed to the house); and no one then really gave voice to the fact that this was demeaning to them, or treated them unfairly. Later, Women's rights started to become an issue in society, and the woman took her place beside the man with equality. But religions, even today, still try to give women the same inferior place they have always given them – as in the Bible, where women are inferior derivatives4 of men; instead of just one variety of the human being.

Because of this view of the woman in society, our societies came to think of the woman's body as not even her own, but a “thing” that had to conform to that society's rules, so that a woman could not even be the mistress of that body she owned5. Once a woman became pregnant, she was ordered by society to have the baby, even if it meant her death, or later misfortune for both. Even today, in this supposedly enlightened time of Women's Lib, this same attitude is taken by religions, in denying women birth control and abortion. If nothing else, we must again make the woman the mistress of her own body; and the one who decides what it will do or not do. If the freedom democracy gives us does not include this, then that freedom is a mockery of everything it is suppose to be.

The Problem: SEX

Birth control and abortion are tools that people can use to help the newborn enter this life with all the advantages that human life should offer. They are needed because the human reproductive process is not only a way to allow the human to reproduce, but is also a pleasure that allows humans to enjoy each others bodies – sex!

The sexual process is also a form of enjoyment (a pleasure); and even if used with precautions (like birth control) to separate it from reproduction, can often result in unwanted pregnancies. Because of this, unwanted pregnancies will not go away. But, by using birth control and limited abortion, we can avoid the terrible side-effects that religious intolerance has caused throughout history, by banning these methods.

Lastly, Poverty:

Poverty has today caused many unwanted children on this earth6. Poverty has few enjoyments, but even the poor can have, and enjoy sex. The difference is that, when that enjoyment results in a pregnancy, the life produced can enter a world of hurt, instead of a world that gives it the best possible life. So, we see the results all around us in our cities; and in the crime that has almost become another type of vocation there. As long as poverty exists, unfettered reproduction will only worsen it, and its effects on those individuals and families, who suffer from it.

Conclusion:

The human individual is what society deals with. The purpose of society was to give that individual the best possible life: a life with meaning and purpose, both for society and that individual. Unwanted pregnancies are a problem, because if left to come to fruition, they will result in an individual without the respect for him or herself or society, that creates the meaning and purpose every individual needs. We have the tools to minimize these situations by the use of birth control and limited abortion. If used with consideration of the mother, family and newborn child, we can avoid all the sorrow that unwanted children and their families experience. We can also give our citizens the freedom to rule over their own lives (and, especially give women control over their own bodies), through being able to control those lives, instead of leaving those lives at the mercy of blind chance.




FOOTNOTES

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1 Purpose is defined: “An idea or ideal kept before the mind as an end of effort or action; plan; design; aim.” This definition taken from: "The Reader's Digest Great Encyclopedic Dictionary"; The Reader's Digest Association; Pleasantville, N.Y.; 1966.



2 Whether this idea of immortality of the soul is true or not, makes no difference here, because, first of all, we can never know if it is true or not. But, I put this in the discussion to show how the impact of the “individual” has even colored our religions, with the idea of this individual's importance. Unlike other species, where the individual is a meaningless concept, except for its reproductive capacity towards perpetuating its species, the human individual is imbued with a purpose all its own. The meaning and purpose in life comes through living it. If a fetus is destroyed, so that it will not come into this world to hate its very existence, and suffer a lifetime of misery, that child is better off not being born at all! The immortality of life is not in the individual's existence, which are in the main only memories, but in the part of it that has given birth to a union with all others of its kind. If God has given rise to humanity, then He has also given humanity something immortal that is able to live outside of the mortal existence the memories produce. That immortal part of a human is its loving nature that allows it to make society live on after it is gone, and make all lives better through its involvement with others. A life never lived, say, in an aborted fetus, is not really a life lost, but a life given another chance to live a life with a better outcome.



3 Of course, it is not really God making the rules, but his interpreters; and the importance they get through their interpretations of Him. See the essay: "The Clergy – The Enigma Of Religion!"



4 Unfortunately, the Bible even made the woman (Eve, the first woman) the weak link that plunged the world into sin.



5 A violation of that very same “individuality” that marks out any human as being human!



6 See the essay: "The Elimination Of Poverty". This is an older essay, but still valid in the main. Also, see my more current solution, in the essay: "The Final Solution"







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Originally Published:

October 7, 2015

Revised:

October 7, 2015