Differences don’t make right or wrong

Posted: January 19, 2013 in Thoughts, Truth

There is currently an outcry here in Australia about a TV presenter who expressed an opinion on an incident where a breastfeeding mother was asked to move while feeding her baby at a public swimming pool.
All over Facebook and other social media sites there are people expressing their outrage and posting ridiculous pics directed at the presenter.
I won’t go into details about who did or didn’t say what because this isn’t just about that particular incident. It’s more general.
Or perhaps I should say it will be more general perchance my grammar upset someone and we have a public outcry???
Another would be when someone well known says in the press that they don’t support same sex marriage.
The outrage is beyond ridiculous.
The debate rages for days on end, insults are traded, examples of discrimination are dragged from the woodwork and it all gets rather tacky and nasty.
And God forbid we should call a black person black, or someone from China Chinese!
In this day and age it’s almost a capital offence and you risk being help up for public ridicule.
Whatever happened to being able to express an opinion without being attacked whether that attack is via social media or any other medium?
When did we lose the ability to tell someone that whilst we don’t agree with their opinion, we will defend to the death their right to express it freely and without fear of reprisal?
When did we lose the knack of being able to discuss without resorting to personal attacks?
I for one am sick of it.
Do I agree with same sex marriage?
Not really, but if legislation is passed then it’s passed. It won’t affect my life one way or the other, and I certainly would not deny them their right to express an opinion different to mine, or the right of that same person to do what the law allows them to do whether I like it or not.
Do I agree with women having their boobs out in public be it feeding a child or not?
Again, not really, but that’s not what breast feeding mothers do as a general rule, and their baby does have the right to be nourished.
I have 4 daughters who have children they breast fed {with one still currently doing so} and if anyone ever had a dig at them within my ear shot for breast feeding in public, I would verbally shred them in such a way as to make them fear for their life.
Because someone else’s way or opinion is different to mine, it doesn’t make either one right or wrong.
It simply makes them different to the other.
I’ve personally been in the middle of a nasty family argument that came about because 2 people had different opinions and neither was particularly interested in hearing the other side because both felt so strongly about their own opinion.
It cost a father and daughter 2 years, a lot of heart ache, me a huge headache, and for what?
For nothing really because in the end noone actually won and the end result of these outraged reactions will be the same. Noone will win.
At what point is society going to wake up and realise that petty differences mean little in the big scheme of things?
Surely there are bigger problems to be concerned about?
Seemingly there are few who think so, however if someone should say here they think these issues are the most important in the world, I certainly won’t attack them because they dare to disagree with me.


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