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Where Do You Stand?

Meme taken from tristam


Abortion: Should be legal first trimester, only for health reasons thereafter. The moral implications are something I think each person has to deal with for themselves. And I know it's a lot easier to take a position when it's not a choice you're actually facing. Sometimes reality does harsh things to ideals.

Death Penalty: Undecided. But I tend to believe in the Golden Rule: Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.

Prostitution: Should be licensed and inspected. It's going to happen anyway, and it would be better for all concerned if kept clean and regulated.

Alcohol: Not nearly often enough. No, really, I'm a strong believer in moderation - but these days I really only drink with my mother and it's embarrassing how easily she can drink me under the table. I miss drinking at parties, sharing a bottle of wine with a friend, and that kind of thing. I can do without it just fine, but I like the flavor and some of the effects.

Marijuana: Not where I have to breathe, please! Aside from that, I think we're all sufficiently educated that anyone who chooses to do it is making an educated choice, even if I think it's a stupid one. The same applies to ordinary cigarettes, for that matter.

Other drugs: Pretty much the same thing, with opposition scaling in direct proportion to the nastiness of the drug.

Gay marriage: For. Kevin & Kell has been running a great parody on the subject this week.

Illegal immigrants: No opinion at present.

Drunk driving: Decidedly opposed.

Cloning: This is a little delicate. I think the cloning of body parts would be great for medicine. I think cloning of entire people makes new, different people. And I think that the boundary line is liable to cause some major problems. For an excellent treatment of a few of the potential issues, I recommend reading Mirror Dance by Lois McMaster Bujold.

Racism: Wrong. Along with sexism, and most other forms of discrimination. People are people.

Premarital sex: Yes please! But seriously, I support a wide variety of consensual sexual activity, even things I have no interest in trying. If everyone involved understands and agrees, then it's their business as long as they don't try to force it on others.

Religion: Please, tell me about yours. I'm interested, really. But don't be offended if I ask you difficult questions, and don't tell me I'm wrong to believe in something different, or to listen to someone else's opinions. I study religions because they fascinate me, but I firmly believe that There Is No One True Way.

The war in Iraq: Opposed, but I didn't have a better answer so I kept my mouth shut. Opposed to war in general, but pacifism is not a practical solution on a global scale at this point in the evolution of human thought.

Bush: Strongly opposed.

Downloading music: I like the ITunes setup. I've always tried not to violate copyright laws more than necessary, but there are some things I won't pay for no matter what. On the other hand, there are some things I will pay for if I get the chance to try it first, or if I can buy what I want without paying for things I don't want.

Porn: Not for me, thanks, but don't let that stop you - as long as we're talking about adults. Now, I'll gladly grant that some people are adults at 15 or 16, or even younger - but some aren't adult long past 18, so let's just stick to the rules and avoid abusing minors.

Suicide: Not today. Not in years, actually, but I won't rule it out. And it scares the crap out of me when other people allude to it - ever since I nearly lost one friend, I've been terrified of losing others. That alone will probably always keep me from reaching that point, even if other reasons were to fail.

On the other hand, in the cases of assisted suicide to escape terminal illness, I firmly support the right to choose....