Monday, February 07, 2005

I'm agreeable with left2right's David Velleman on letting Roe go (IV)

http://left2right.typepad.com/main/2005/02/letting_roe_go_.html
I don't worry so much about figuring this out as an individual on an a priori basis. We have to function as a community listening to each other to arrive at some decisions that we can live with. We have to build trust with each other to have a chance to function well enough to proceed. On David's post itself, I tend to worry very much about the callousness that he mentions. It affects how we ignore poverty, the working poor, the death penalty, the environment, Iraqi civilian deaths, and every other vulnerable group or individual in the world. We can improve the world greatly just by being less calloused, but we have to learn how to deal with the pain in some other way that will be less alienating.