Benedict Kinnison

Benedict Kinnison

Biography

Benedict Kinnison is a Junior at Benedictine College in Atchison Kansas where he is studying Political Science along with Economics and Theology. He is originally from St. Louis and will passionately defend his hometown to anyone. There, he was raised in the Church and fell in love with the beauty of creation through studying, hiking, swimming, traveling, and working with children. The beauty of a loving society brought him to Benedictine College where he became involved in an after school tutoring program and the World Youth Alliance. Benedict is interning at the Center for Family and Human Rights where he hopes to develop his understanding of, and defend human dignity. After completing his degree, he hopes to continue to seek and defend truth in a career in law or politics.

Thoughts

“Man is by nature a social animal; an individual who is unsocial naturally and not accidentally is either beneath our notice or more than human. Society is something that precedes the individual. Anyone who either cannot lead the common life or is so self-sufficient as not to need to, and therefore does not partake of society, is either a beast or a god.”
― Aristotle, Politics

To be is to be in relation. Western Culture often highlights individuals and prioritizes the one over the many. However, this tendency can direct us against our existence. Everything that we do as human beings, including exist, is done in relation to others and affects society. From waking up, to enjoying running, to having parents, all our actions and all that makes us who we are is done in relation to others. Moreover, being social cultivates our nature. It helps us form and grow as people in addition to bringing us joy. Existing with others is our nature and we must do it to advance our world and find happiness. This is a truth revealed by the Trinity and can be proven throughout daily life. Harming relationships with others damages our existence and the belief that one’s actions are isolated is a misconception that hurts our being. We are, “out of many, one.”

United Nations

HLPF Report: 3

The High-Level Political Forum on the Sustainable Development Goals has come to an end. Dozens of nations presented their challenge’s triumphs though their voluntary national reviews and based on these findings, billions of dollars will be maneuvered across the globe for development purposes. Going into the event, it was expected that “sexual and reproductive health” […]

Benedict Kinnison | July 29, 2019

Uncategorized

High-Level Political Forum Report: 2

As meetings in the High-Level Political Forum continued, the United States’ strange behavior made it clear that they are not investing in the 2030 Agenda. In many of the meetings, the United States is a diplomatic outlier. In this conference aimed at international cooperation, they pick fights and remain notably quiet. There is no discussion […]

Benedict Kinnison | July 22, 2019

United Nations

High-Level Political Forum Report

I will be taking the opportunity with my next few posts to report on the High-Level Political Forum taking place at the United Nations. The UN has an ongoing initiative called the 2030 Agenda where they are aiming to achieve 17 major goals by the end of the next decade. These goals include everything from […]

Benedict Kinnison | July 15, 2019

United Nations

Fact Check

Last week, the presidential election cycle of the United States kicked off with the first round of primary debates. A score of candidates took to the stage to make their case for nomination. Throughout the debate, candidates provided various statistics to support their policy ideas. This wave of information was then followed up by the […]

Benedict Kinnison | July 9, 2019

Demography

“Elbow Room”: A Look at Overpopulation

In 2016, A Public Health Brief on Climate Change titled, “Toward a Small Family Ethic”, made the argument that overpopulation is propelling earth to a catastrophe. The author, Rieder, claimed that the planet is being depleted of food, water, and other resources to the point where we will soon run out. Moreover, the abundance of […]

Benedict Kinnison | June 25, 2019

Demography

We Have a People Problem

One of the most threatening and least talked about issues that our world faces today is declining fertility rates. Most of the world is now experiencing a phenomenon known as the 2.1 problem, where societies fail to sustain themselves through reproduction. 2.1 is the number of children per woman needed to replace any population. When […]

Benedict Kinnison | June 19, 2019

United Nations

Discovering the Disfunction: My First Experience at a UN Meeting

Last week I had the privilege of attending my first official Executive Board Meeting at the United Nations. I was excited to witness real discussion between the leaders of the world on how to solve our biggest problems. The meeting was led by the United Nations Development Programme and was scheduled to discuss how to […]

Benedict Kinnison | June 13, 2019

Abortion

Abortion and Disabilities: The Advocacy Paradox

Respect for life is fundamental to combating the objectification of human beings. Across the world, governments are introducing new policies that support the abortion of disabled children. These policies allow for a genocide of society’s most marginalized citizens to be tolerated. Unfortunately, many disability rights groups are supporting abortion expanding policies. In doing so, they […]

Benedict Kinnison | June 5, 2019