Forum provides opportunity for discussion

Date: September 19, 2005
Author: Collegian Editorial Board
Source: Kansas State Collegian

When it comes to abortion, everybody is right. Pro-choice, pro-life, pro-death, pro-other.

At least everybody believes that they’re right.

The problem is, when everybody is right that means no one is talking. The ability to have a dialogue is what separates sentient man from the rest of nature.

However, for the issue of abortion there is little dialogue. In it’s place, we find group A versus group B, with no room for something in between.

Surrounding ourselves with others who hold the same beliefs and ideas as ourselves allows us to construct a wall of, “yeah we’re right” that blocks out opposing ideas from entering our well-protected consciousness

While the play “Words of Choice” does promote a decidedly pro-choice message, the forum after the play presents a golden opportunity for proactive dialogue about one of the most divisive issues in our nation.

By communicating with people who hold viewpoints counter to our own we force ourselves to examine the construction upon which our beliefs are built. Either shoring up or demolishing the ideas that we have constructed.

At the very least, getting an insight into who the people are that counter your beliefs is a healthy experience.

Learning that not everyone who is pro-choice has had a half-dozen abortions is just as important as learning that not everyone who is pro-life is a bible-thumping lunatic.

There are reasonable arguments for both sides, and claiming a monopoly on truth is the hallmark of arrogance.