Ranch Dressing and Non-RightsLeah Miller | March 19, 2015
Even from a pragmatic and secularist viewpoint, those last two claims are illogical and nonsensical. And yet it is what was being demanded by a numbers of parties at the UN during the Conference on the Commission and Status of Women at #CSW59. Now, I am not going to claim to be a logician, but I can explain why this doesn’t make sense on a human level of responsibility and rights as well as the fullest sense of humanity.
Rights carry responsibility on a fundamental level. Just as governments around the world have been founded we can see that they are inherently tied. To have a right is to have a responsibility, so it makes little to no sense to request sexual pleasure without any responsibility to follow.
Here is a quote from President Obama on this very issue:
“We, the People, recognize that we have responsibilities as well as rights; that our destinies are bound together; that a freedom which only asks what’s in it for me, a freedom without a commitment to others, a freedom without love or charity or duty or patriotism, is unworthy of our founding ideals, and those who died in their defense.”
Although he doesn’t say his words as I read them–with respect to abortion that is–the message is the same. To deny another’s destiny is to breach not only the pre-born child’s rights but also the responsibilities of the community.
Let’s also look to another American agent of change, John D. Rockefeller on this topic:
“Every right implies a responsibility; Every opportunity, an obligation, Every possession, a duty.”
This clearly restates this issue of rights and responsibilities are as tight as two peas in a pod.
To look into this from a different angle, let’s dig into some terms. Agape and Eros, perhaps you have heard of them, maybe you haven’t. How do I explain this briefly? Agape is to Eros as ranch is to salad. Just as ranch is arguably the tastiest and most flavorful part of a salad….the lettuce and other veggies (and for you new age people–fruit or granola) is the substance of the meal, it is why you eat it in the first place.
So we have this initial attraction of Eros (or ranch…), which is for sexual human love and interaction–and is the base word for erotic. That is a very physical, pleasurable, and sensual experience of want and desire. Now, we must understand, this isn’t inherently bad. In fact, Archbishop Fulton Sheen mentions this in his book, Three to Get Married that Eros and Agape are both good and necessary when in their rightful order. Just as in a marriage–and every Nicholas Sparks novel or movie ever–it’s okay to be at the Eros of love in order to traverse to Agape (aka the lettuce).
Agape is self-giving and sacrificing past the bounds of justice. Is the most perfect form of humanity. Although promulgated in many cases by Christianity, this ideal is not to Christians alone. The likes of Aristotle, Plato, as well as many Hollywood motion pictures made very similar claims.
Fulton Sheen says it best that Eros is a libido, which is in and of itself, not immoral nor bad, but when one is stagnate in Eros, not searching for the higher sense of love, we find that people then turn inward and decay in their desires and lack of fulfillment. This can happen on a personal or relational level.
Whereas Agape is in and of itself, not reciprocated, the opposite of Eros in many ways.
It is clear that we have rights and responsibilities, but we must strive for significant giving and Agape-sense of love in order to best advance humanity
Article 25.2 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights:
“Motherhood and childhood are entitled to special care and assistance. All children, whether born in or out of wedlock, shall enjoy the same social protection.”
Not only is there an individual right and responsibility, but the greater social community on the whole has a great responsibility to care for these members, or at least the UN thinks so.
And one final thought on abortion under the guise of helping women…. think of the multitude of ways women could be better served than to teach them that their bodies and their maternity is a hindrance to their lives. From the developing world to America, I think we could better and service women and families than to set them against themselves and their own blood.