HOW CAN WE BE HAPPY ?
Once a group of 50 people was attending a seminar.
Suddenly the speaker stopped and decided to do a group activity. He started giving each one a balloon. Each one was asked to write his/her name on it using a marker pen. Then all the balloons were collected and put in another room.
Now these delegates were let in that room and asked to find the balloon which had their name written, within 5 minutes. Everyone was frantically searching for their name, colliding with each other, pushing around others and there was utter chaos.
At the end of 5 minutes no one could find their own balloon.
Now each one was asked to randomly collect a balloon and give it to the person whose name was written on it.
Within minutes everyone had their own balloon.
The speaker began— exactly this is happening in our lives. Everyone is frantically looking for happiness all around, not knowing where it is.
Our happiness lies in the happiness of other people. Give them their happiness; you will get your own happiness.
And this is the purpose of human life.
Don’t flirt subtly or drop hints I’m dumb be blunt
"My body, my choice" only makes sense when someone else’s life isn’t at stake.
Fun fact: If my younger sister was in a car accident and desperately needed a blood transfusion to live, and I was the only person on Earth who could donate blood to save her, and even though donating blood is a relatively easy, safe, and quick procedure no one can force me to give blood. Yes, even to save the life of a fully grown person, it would be ILLEGAL to FORCE me to donate blood if I didn’t want to.
See, we have this concept called “bodily autonomy.” It’s this….cultural notion that a person’s control over their own body is above all important and must not be infringed upon.
Like, we can’t even take LIFE SAVING organs from CORPSES unless the person whose corpse it is gave consent before their death. Even corpses get bodily autonomy.
To tell people that they MUST sacrifice their bodily autonomy for 9 months against their will in an incredibly expensive, invasive, difficult process to save what YOU view as another human life (a debatable claim in the early stages of pregnancy when the VAST majority of abortions are performed) is desperately unethical. You can’t even ask people to sacrifice bodily autonomy to give up organs they aren’t using anymore after they have died.
You’re asking people who can become pregnant to accept less bodily autonomy than we grant to dead bodies.
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But, assuming the mother wasn’t raped, the choice to HAVE a baby and risk sacrificing their “bodily autonomy” is a choice that the mother made. YOu don’t have to have sex with someone. Cases of rape aside, it isn’t ethical to say abortion is justified. The unborn baby has rights, too.
First point: Bodily autonomy can be preserved, even if another life is dependent on it. See again the example about the blood donation.
And here’s another point: When you say that “rape is the exception” you betray something FUNDAMENTALLY BROKEN about your own argument.
Because a fetus produced from sexual assault is biologically NO DIFFERENT than a fetus produced from consensual sex. No difference at all.
If one is alive, so is the other. If one is a person, so is the other. If one has a soul, then so does the other. If one is a little blessing that happened for a reason and must be protected, then so is the other.
When you say that “Rape is the exception” what you betray is this: It isn’t about a life. This isn’t about the little soul sitting inside some person’s womb, because if it was you wouldn’t care about HOW it got there, only that it is a little life that needs protecting.
When you say “rape is the exception” what you say is this: You are treating pregnancy as a punishment. You are PUNISHING people who have had CONSENSUAL SEX but don’t want to go through a pregnancy. People who DARED to have consensual sex without the goal of procreation in mind, and this is their “consequence.”
And that is gross.
This has been added to since I last saw it, so reblogging again.
Busted wide open.
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I don’t understand the tumblr-wide obsession with lumpy-faced reptilian oatmeal men.
It baffles me just how many people think these men are the physical embodiment of sex. I know everybody has different tastes in what they find attractive, but I’d be willing to bet the majority of fans wouldn’t give any of these men a second-glance if they were just average, everyday guys walking down the street.
I’m starting to wonder if there’s some sort of tumblr-wide competition that I’m not aware of where everybody looks for the ugliest men in tv or film, then attempts to build the biggest fanbase for them.
“A three second exposure meant that subjects had to stand very still to avoid being blurred, and holding a smile for that period was tricky. As a result, we have a tendency to see our Victorian ancestors as even more formal and stern than they might have been.”
someone accidentally dropped a camera out of a plane and it’s I think my favourite film now
how Gravity should have ended tbh
I now understand the end of 2001.
I did not expect that ending.
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and I wanted to have my audience root for a Mary/John relationship. To see their deep, undying love and devotion. You know what I would do?
I’d show John proposing and Mary’s reaction with teared up eyes and emotional acceptance.
I’d show their wedding vow exchange so we can hear and see how much they care for one another.
I’d show domestic joy in a simple fluff scene. Even if it’s just sharing a morning coffee.
I’d show her comforting him after his obviously still occurring nightmares and grounding him emotionally when he’s unstable.
I’d show them saying “I love you” at least once.
I’d show her face after he is pulled from the fire, or survived a bomb or survived CAM. Some sort of “oh thank god he’s still here” moment.
I wouldn’t go out of my way to hire an ACTUAL COUPLE who have fantastic chemistry irl and bounce off one another so perfectly, and then squash, conceal and ruin it on screen.
You know, unless of course I didn’t want my viewers to see them as a happy couple in love… Then I’d probably have someone else do those things with John instead. ;)