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Life Does Not Belong in the Trash

I don't get angry very often, but let me tell you, I'm very angry right now. I also don't often delve into politics.  I'm going to today. Let me explain the reasons why.

We seem to be living in a world where if we don't like something, we just get rid of it. Iceland has recently touted that they have all but eliminated Down syndrome.

According to CBS, "prenatal screening tests were introduced in Iceland in the early 2000s, and the vast majority of women -- close to 100 percent -- who received a positive test for Down syndrome terminated their pregnancy."

It's not that they found a way to stop Down Syndrome from happening in the first place. It's not that they found a cure for Down syndrome after the fact. No, their solution is to terminate the pregnancy and just kill the babies.  They just kill them and throw them in the trash. That will fix everything right?

I have a cousin who was named after my dad who is six months younger than I am.  He is mentally disabled. Even though he is also 60 plus years old, mentally, he is about six years old. When we were growing up, I was his defender whenever we got around people who wanted to make fun of him. You don't make fun of my cousin Richard! We have favorite songs that we sing, and we used to love to play with clay! One of our favorite pastimes was helping Mom make cookies! Thank goodness my aunt and uncle did not lock him away in a state facility—  what precious moments we would have missed!

I guess it's all the rage now that if something offends you, or you simply don't like it, just demand that it be removed.  If we don't like a statue or monument or a flag or a piece of art, take it down, get rid of it, remove it, throw it in the trash! 

You can't throw history in the trash no matter how much you want to; it happened. You can’t make history unhappen, (although the Left does its best to rewrite it). That's why it's called history.

I believe it was Sir Winston Churchill who said, "Those who fail to learn from history are doomed to repeat it."  Tearing down monuments and statues is not the answer.

If we don't like a person because of their race, religion, gender, politics, IQ, etc, should we simply get rid of them, or at the very least silence them and take away their rights? Look at what is happening with the BLM, white supremacists, Antifa, militant Islamists—  they either want to completely get rid of certain races, women, homosexuals, and transgenders, etc., or at the very least they want to remove their rights or silence them.

What has become of our society that we can't live & let live?

I was raised to treat everyone the same, no matter what. We are all people, and if you take off the skin we all look the same inside!

You want to get rid of racism? Stop being racist or accepting hateful, racist language from ANY group.  There is NO such thing as reverse racism.  It’s ALL racism!

There are always going to be people that we disagree with, and there will probably always be people who think that they are better than others in one way or another. Believe it or not, we can educate them without tearing down statues, yelling in their faces, or hurting each other. 

I hope you'll pardon a few foul words, but I wanted to share this video. I think Terrence said it quite well!  (Except for maybe the part about the nighttime medicine?) 

It's time for us to be civil to each other and to treat each other with respect. I know, I'm probably living in a dream world. But I had to say it. I had to at least try.

Every person, every generation, every culture, every society has a story—  has value. The stupidest thing we could do would be to try to ignore or get rid of our history or our people, whether they have an extra chromosome or a different color of skin or a different belief.

Life does not belong in the trash.

 

Written by Anolagay Sonnenfelt

Mom, grama, writer, semi-retired. Individuals, not govt will make our country great again. Pro-life, truth, Elohim! #TimeToJump

4 Responses

Oh, girl... you hit my heart strings with this one. Couple of GREAT statements from you: " You can’t make history unhappen,... That's why it's called history." I've written that down and would like to use it in the future, if you don't mind. I promise to quote you and link back to this piece. Second... "Every person, every generation, every culture, every society has a story— has value." I... want to use this, also. Perhaps on a more personal project. Our society pushes back on this type of standard and says, well, no--there's no value to the story of someone who espouses hatred or ignorance. But yes... there really is. If absolutely NOTHING else, the value of those individuals is to remind us NOT to espouse hatred and ignorance. Man. Just... an excellent piece, Anolagay. I know you don't OFTEN tackle political issues, but when you do, girl, your voice rings truer than steeple bells.

Sarah, I just got back home and saw your comment here. WOW! Thank you so very much for your kind words and encouragement! Seriously! And I would be very honored if you quoted me and some of your work, don't forget to send me the link when you do or links. Seriously Sara I really appreciate what you said in that comment! Every word! Thank you!

I meant every word, Anolagay. Keep standing firm and speaking without apology.

In some of your work, not *and*. I'm getting really frustrated working off of my little phone. But we make do with what we have right?

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