Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Help stop the stupid!

Do you know what the problem with the world is?

Stupid people doing stupid things, and making stupid choices.

You know what's worse?

Stupid people being ignorant.

The problem is that the majority of people, at least in the United States, are stupid, ignorant people. Yes, these are the people who go about saying "Muslims are terrorists! let's lock them up!" and "Let's protest outside a soldier's funeral because they're bad people for fighting and dying in Afghanistan and Iraq."

Ok, so maybe nobody says this out loud. But there are a lot of people who think this.

Yesterday, while driving to class, what do I see? a pro-life bumper sticker that says: "I survived the American holocaust." Really? I'm not even Jewish, and I think that's offensive on a number of levels.

"Oh yeah? Well freedom of speech!" says the ignorant person stereotype. Yeah, Freedom of speech to make you sound like an offensive dick.

Now, the Pro-life supporters do have the right to express their opinion. But they do it in such a cruel way. Now, I don't care if your pro-life, or pro-choice, it doesn't matter, But when was the last time you, you personally, saw a pro-choice protest? Probably never.

I don't like the negative imagery that pro-life protesters use on their bumper stickers, or there protests outside an abortion clinic. Because they don't know why people are there. Maybe there's a good reason for it huh? Fatal birth defects, where the child would not survive and possibly put the mother's life in danger, what's more cruel? Delivering that baby to die? Or abortion?

My name is Joel Caserta, I am a Freshman at Ohio State University. And I want to stop the stupid. Bring common sense back into the world. Because, hey, we need it.

1 comment:

  1. Joel, I agree that so much of our culture celebrates a sort of angry use of the first amendment. I see freedom of speech not as a chance to put someone else down but to try to communicate. Communication that is offensive, or degrading, is not effective. In my view, we need to re-establish a culture of manners. If you can't show polite behavior in the little things (the way we talk around elders, saying hello to even strangers, not cutting people off in traffic) how can we hope to have rational discussions about complex and emoitional issues like abortion? Nice to see you expressing your views, and in my view we need to be more humble and listen to each other.