Wednesday, May 24, 2006

elimination of discrimination

While sorting through my masses of junk I found this speech that I had written in high school. Just wanted to share it with everyone:
Elimination of discrimination (1994)
We all know that judging people is inappropriate. There is no honest religion or honest government that teaches otherwise. Every person is free to choose their life and what they will be, therefore we are agents unto ourselves. We choose our imperfections. None of us are good enough or wise enough to judge another human mind. None of us can perfectly temper justice and mercy enough to punish or reward a man or woman to the extent that they deserve. It doesnt matter if you are the world's best scholar you are still out of line to judge another, whether it be race gender, handicap, or even simple things like taste in music, clothing, or the car they drive. An associate once took Abraham Lincoln the task for his attitude towards his enemies. "Why do you try to make friends of them? You should try to destroy them." He replied," Am I not destroying my enemies when I make them my friends?" He also said,” Quarrel not at all. No man who is resolved to make the most of himself can spare time for personal contention. Better give your path to a dog than be bitten by him." A person cannot deny the humanity of another without diminishing his own humanity. How can we mock those who have nothing while we ourselves have nothing? WE need to be able to live in harmony. The wife of Richard Nixon once said," Harmony is the ability to differ, not to disagree." We are all unique and these differences should be praised, not punished. Quoting Mark Twain," Kindness is a language which the deaf can hear and the blind can read."

7 comments:

Seaneria said...

I still judge those that throw there cigarette butts all over the road. It's disgusting. Isn't it enough they already pollute the air I have to breath, why this global onslaught on all of nature? Oh, and people that drive hummers. But I don't want to destroy them with friendship... I was thinking we send out flyers stating free Phallic extensions, then once we have them all in one place, carbon dioxide poison them with there own hummers while we inject nicotine directly into them via IV.

phyllis sweetwater said...

wow.

jay said...

i'm down with that.

erika said...

ha sean, wes gets so sick of all the cigarette butts outside public places where crowds of people smoke and throw their butts everywhere, like at the university and stuff. he wants to do a campaign where you send little kids like cubs or scouts out there with buckets to pick up butts while its really busy with smokers, and they would have shirts that say something like "cigarette butts are litter too", and hopefully the dumb smokers will feel bad while these kids who actually care about our environment pick up their garbage. i don't know though, your idea may be a little excessive.:)

elisabeth said...

ever since working the garbage crew at the folk fest, picking up every single cigarette butt on the grounds, i have been aware of how many there are. there were times when i was stooping to pick one up that simultaneously one would be thrown down right next to it, the culprit completely uncaring. and you would thing that at a somewhat hippie event like the folk fest, that the festival goers would care more? maybe they did a little...but not enough. being a smoker then, i learned to never throw a butt on the ground again.

another thing i love is when my kid picks a butt off the ground and shoves it in their mouth to chew on. yum.

phyllis sweetwater said...

the sad thing about this post was that nobody has agreed with it. all these comment seem sort of valid, but the point of the post was to stop judging others. all I've heard from you guys was who you do judge, is there anyone that you dont judge?

erika said...

I was just commenting on seans comment, i think your essay is really good. but do you think that it is humanly possible to not judge anyone? i guess we all know that we can't be perfect but we just keep trying anyway, so what i just said was totally not important. anyways, its good to be reminded to try harder because like you said, no one knows enough to make those kinds of decisions about others, its not up to us. and i liked abraham lincolns quote. thanks halli.