I overheard a conversation that was rather sad today. One young man was lamenting to another that his ex-girlfriend was pregnant, and that there was a possibility that he was the father. He continued on to declare that she needed to get an abortion because he didn’t have the time and the pregnancy would negatively impact his life. Another young man (who was ostensibly a friend or at least good acquaintance of the first) objected to that. Unfortunately, he continued on to say, “…it’s just a kid…” as though there was no real consequence to bringing a child into the world.
Neither one of these young men were on track. The first was completely selfish, placing his personal life above the life of an unborn child. The second was equally wrong. He failed to recognize the gravity of bringing up a child.
The conversation was a very sad reflection on the value that people are placing on human life these days. One was more comfortable with the idea of killing an unborn child than he was with facing up to his responsibility for his actions. This seems to be a common theme that the world puts forth. The other had no idea how serious parenting is. Although the world would have us believe that it’s fine to be a single parent and that divorce is perfectly acceptable and that your personal happiness is more important than your responsibilities, it’s simply not true. The lack of a parent significantly impacts a child and stays with them into adulthood. Our society’s failure to address parenting and the family can be seen in many of our societal ills today.
That’s my thought for today.