Tuesday, April 1, 2008

What is your vision of children?

This isn't a political blog. Christ is greater than conservative or liberal.

That being said, a friend of mine catches an intersting quote from Senator Barack Obama, regarding abortion:
"Look, I got two daughters — 9 years old and 6 years old," he said. "I am going to teach them first about values and morals, but if they make a mistake, I don't want them punished with a baby."
Professor Schaff acknowledges that the Senator and Presidential hopeful was speaking off the cuff, but isn't this symptomatic of the culture of death? Isn't this symptomatic to say that the way many Americans view children is as a hindrance goodness or a bad thing in and of themselves- "punished?"

Or do we read a blurb too far?


Chris said...

babies as punishment...hhhmmm...I doubt the tens of thousands of hopeful parents waiting to adopt would use that term...
YOu're right- it's just one quote, but definitely symptomatic of a much larger problem.

Joe of St. Thérèse said...

Sarcasm on: Because the Bible in Ps 127, 3 says "Children are a punishment from God" Sarcasm off

You're absolutely right, this quote is representative of a problem of society at large

Adoro te Devote said...

When I was in high school, in maybe 10th grade I sadly volunteered to debate abortion. I did a great deal of research, I spoke with pro-life activists in my parish...and on the day of the debate, the other girl, also a "Catholic", "won" the debate.

Part of it was that for both of us, the prevailing attitude we carried at that age was that consequences of any kind were "punishment".

For her, I think Obama actually quoted her. For me...well, I tried, in my pro-life stance, to put a positive spin on it, but I was terrified of the idea of pregnancy, so I think my own fears leaked into my portion of the debate, thus I failed to make the distinction that children are true gifts. (At the time...I didn't think my own life was a gift so it was hard to argue that the lives of others were gifts. ) Ironic...a suicidal teen arguing for the lives of the unborn.

So my take on Obama and much of the culture of death; they are perpetual teenagers. They have not progressed in thought and maturity, either in mind or spirituality, and thus they still look at the abstract idea of concrete consequences as being "punishment" as opposed to the logical and in fact, prescribed flow of life. Our culture is so affluent that people are allowed to indulge their teenage aspirations but are not encouraged to move beyond them. We are an educated culture, but one educated in post-modernism as the predominant concept of "critical thought" which is anything but.

I'll be honest; I'm still terrified of having children (and to be fair, at that time in my life, I WAS chaste and in no danger of having a child). But I've always had an irrational fear of the actual birth itself. And I've found that I'm not alone. I still have that fear, but it's one that I'm willing to face...if I find the right man. (Or, if I am called to religious life, it won't be an issue, clearly.) But children..I love them. In high school, I loved them. At some point in college and in my early adulthood, I couldn't stand them, and for awhile, I was "pro-choice" and yet, was never comfortable with that position. There was a deep part of me that realized I was a hypocrite, and I've suffered for it greatly and in many ways.

Anyway, sorry again for the long comment, just my anti-virtue of verbosity rearing its head again..

Cathy_of_Alex said...

Adoro: Truth and feelings are never too lengthy. That's why you are a great blogger-you let it all out.

Father: I don't think you read too much into his quote. Sadly, I don't think he gets it either.