Pettiness in Dialogue

Liberals and conservatives have enough to debate about.  Should health care be socialized?  What should be done about the environment?  How should our needy be taken care of?  These are but a few of the many issues we discuss with each other every day.  Is it really necessary to stereotype certain eating habits as liberal or conservative?

Choices in the kind of food we eat are a personal choice which makes stereotyping such choices rather stupid if you ask me.  People tend to stereotype vegetarian/vegan lifestyles as something liberals do and meat-eating lifestyles as something conservatives do.  However I know plenty of meat-eating liberals and plenty of vegetarian/vegan conservatives.  In fact I’m looking into trying the vegan diet at least temporarily to lose some weight along with some exercise.

So when people in the debate decide to bring eating habits into the debate, that tells me that in order to resort to such pettiness, the debater that brought it up has no valid argument left on the issue being discussed.  I say this for both liberals and conservatives, stick to the issue being debated and leave each others’ eating habits alone.  Feel free to post about what kind of diet you have here in my comment board.

Ostensibly if you’re looking into going vegan sometimes it’s best to go in baby steps, such as first baking like a vegan.  I’ve been baking like one for awhile now as it helps me save on eggs and milk.  You’d be surprised at how many delicious egg-less and milk-less dessert recipes there are out there.  And for eggs it’s very easy  to substitute an egg vegan style: simply take 1 T. ground flax seed or cornstarch and mix it with 3 T. of water and replace every egg in the dessert recipe with it.  And in most dessert recipes milk can be replaced with water without loss of consistency and applesauce makes a good replacement for the fat in most baked desserts.

Was Bullying Primary Cause for Jamey’s Suicide?

There is nothing more horrendous, no act more inhuman, than to treat your fellow man like something you’d scrape off the bottom of your shoe and discard, no matter what you might think of the lifestyle the person leads.

Jamey Rodemeyer was a teen who felt driven to take his own life.  A very sad and very tragic time for his family and my prayers are with them.  And bullying anywhere is an issue that needs to be addressed.  Parents need to step up to the plate and teach their children that bullying is evil and inhumane.  But until that happens we need to teach our children how to deal with bullies, by teaching them some moves they can use to defend themselves against physical attacks and how to handle verbal attacks.

But is it right to blame bullying as the primary cause of this poor child’s suicide as some are doing?  Because many kids are unfortunately bullied, yet many of these kids grow up to lead normal and healthy lives and would never once think of taking their own lives.  So it seems to me that the only thing that could be blamed in this case is perhaps insufficient mental health services and counseling to help people who are bullied deal with its mental effects.

But it seems to me that the first step would be teaching our children that they are equal in dignity and worth as human beings and to stand up for themselves when someone suggests otherwise through bullying.