There’s gotta be something better to do

There are far more positive things we could all be doing with our time than standing on a street corner, blindly protesting.

 

I'm all for believing in something, supporting it, working for change. But I'm also for being productive with my time, and I feel other people should be, as well.

One of my jobs is dog walking. One of my clients lives by the Planned Parenthood in the Central West End. Invariably, weekend mornings finds a crowd gathered outside the gates, holding signs, praying, yelling. First, it should be known that I fully support a woman's right to choose. The world is already overpopulated. There are already too many children with parents who don't give a shit about them, too many kids in foster care or orphanages or starving to death. So the right to choose is, I think, pretty damn important.

But forget about that. So you don't believe in abortion; that's fine. I myself would much prefer, say, education and prevention over the act. So why aren't you out there fighting for sex education in our schools? Why aren't you supporting the distribution of condoms? Oh, that's right: abstinence. But you know what? As lovely as that sounds, it just isn't realistic. If the kids (and adults) were better educated, there'd be fewer unwanted pregnancies. And that's a fact.

So you care about the babies too much and it breaks your heart to think of a single pregnancy being terminated. Why aren't you volunteering your time in the preemie ward of your local hospital? Why aren't you down at the orphanage, holding those kids who don't have anyone to pick them up when they fall? Why aren't you opening your home to a foster child?

It just seems to me there are far more positive things we could all be doing with our time than standing on a street corner, blindly protesting. Get out there and make a difference in people's lives for a change, would you?

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