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Concern for Too Liberal Attitudes and Social Immorality

The city I live in is very open socially and politically. We’re an extremely liberal culture. While it’s great to live in a place where everyone is free to be who they are and want to be, there is a negative counterpart where the appreciation of all lifestyles starts to ignore the individual and community well-being as everything is tolerated and accepted. The liberal outlook has and will always have the potential to lose values altogether in that the postmodern dictum “it’s all good” starts to see everything on the same platform with no hierarchy of morals. I have heard too many times the opinion that people should be allow to sell their bodies for sex if they want to. Actually, one of my co-workers mentioned this saying that she thinks people should have the right to sell their bodies if they want. I often hear people defend others extreme lifestyles by saying “well, it’s their choice. It makes them happy,” or even “as long as their happy, I guess it works”. There comes a point when it’s not OK, and not everything is good. When you level everything out you end up with a one dimensional worldview that ignores the dark realities of life that are important to understand so that people and communities can live even better, even healthier, even happier lives.

I am not opposed to liberalism, as I do consider myself among the socially and politically liberal, people start advocating for prostitution, for example, I become concerned for the moral standards that we may be losing. Selling one’s body is wrong, just as purchasing someone for sex is also wrong. I understand the difference between sex trafficking and prostitution, but they are not totally unlike each other. Those who believe that sex trafficking is totally different than an adult choosing to sell their bodies, they don’t see that the end result is still the same: that the emotional, physical, sexual, abuse involved in this industry does destroy a person’s happiness and well-being. No matter if you chose this profession or you were trafficked into it, your body is still being bought and sold as a commodity, which has major and profound impacts on a person’s life. Saying that it should be legal and not looked down upon if a person chooses to involve themselves in this trade is ignoring the multi-faceted issue and is a judgement with no substantial basis. It’s even hypocritical. Disagreeing that prostitution or other controversial things should be legalized isn’t the opposite of liberalism and I would hope that those who think it is would take a second look at the issue and not blanket such things with catchphrases like “it’s all good”. Liberalism should not have to accept and justify everything.

Not accepting or justifying everything isn’t a sign of intolerance for other cultures or socially restricting. I am concerned for our culture that refuses to see good and bad as a moral issue but instead sees good as “all things go” and bad as someone who disagrees with them. To me, it’s like an over-eating gluttonous person versus the anorexic. We need to exercise our judgements a little more so we can be more balanced in our lifestyle and how we care for our communities. We don’t want to overdo it on either end. I think a little more thinking and contemplation of morals in our city could do us good because we have diluted our morals and reduced our standards so much that we no longer see the suffering who are right in front of us. Having opinions of indifference to what people do with their lives isn’t making a stronger, freer society. And truly, I don’t think they’re happier.

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It Ain’t Easy Being Green

One of the reasons I was happy to move away from Berkeley was to get away from the environmental snobs, however moving to Seattle wasn’t  far enough. I guess going green is the new black. Don’t get me wrong–I am excited that people are getting on board with environmentally  conscious lifestyles…I’m just not a fan of the elitism it promotes.

Really, a lot of the “green” products are out of the price range for normal folks who live paycheck to paycheck, trying to make ends meet. Yes, we would all love to save the planet (and we try in our own ways) but to be buying organic food at four times the cost it is at the discount supermarket is just unfair. It would be fantastic to eat better locally grown food, but if I had that kind of money to spend, I’d also be the person buying myself a latte every morning. This is just what most of the world faces: how we can get by today. We just don’t have that kind of money to support eco-friendly products.

Then I wonder why these products are so expensive, since they are made from natural and renewable sources anyway. Not that global warming is a gimmick created by money-monger corporations, but from the eyes of a penny-pincher, it seems to me that these corporations are using our degrading environmental state as a marketing tool to earn more business. They obviously cater to the elite who already have the money to spend on these products and totally exclude the rest of the population. Ah-hem…if we want to make this world a better place, shouldn’t we make that affordable for let’s say…the majority of our citizens? Instead, no. The result is that it creates a greater status gap between the rich and the poor, the elite and the little guy.