Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Personal Responsibility Anyone?

I think I may write a more coherent and collected blog about this later (maybe). I don't know if I'd be able to accomplish this without being, well, legalistic, unforgiving, judgemental, condemning... yadda yadda. If you've not seen the following articles online lately, I suggest you read below.,2933,409262,00.html



Basically, the genius lawmakers in Nebraska have made a law letting people "abandon/drop off/give a safe haven" to "children." They left it open to interpretation (seemingly intentionally) as to children up to 18 can be given over as wards of the state. I think that one of the fatal flaws in their thinking is that those people who actually TAKE THE INITIATIVE to drop off their children probably wouldn't have been horrible parents in the first place, because they care about how their children might turn out. Those who actually are playing an active role in abusing and neglecting their children--I wonder how many of them would use this law?

Now, I'm not implying that any child should be deprived of a safe, nurturing, supportive home. Where is the personal responsibility in all of this? As Americans, we've become devoid of any consequences, ready to have somebody bail us out, give us a quick fix, and take away any little thing that may cause stress. Promises seemingly mean nothing, nobody stops to think ahead.

Out of all the actions we can perform on this Earth... shouldn't the decision to have children be one that gives us the most pause?

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