[Repost] Texting, abortion, and Band-Aids.

This post originally appeared on Sept. 2, 2012. I repost it today because today is the fortieth anniversary of the Roe v. Wade decision.

Texting and driving.

Not to do it is a no-brainer. Am I right, or am I right?

Wrong.

People text and drive all the time. This is because people don’t know how to wait.

In my state, the fight for a law that bans it has been in the news for years.

And there are a couple of things about this that boggle my mind: First, that a law designed to make texting while driving illegal is shot down. Second, that there needs to be a law.

A law, while when necessary is good, is also like a Band-Aid. This is because the problem is not that it is legal to text and drive. The problem is that we are raising people who need to be told not to text and drive.

Apparently, we as a culture are not instilling in our children the values or the sense that make a person able to conclude on his or her own that it is a bad idea to text and drive. Apparently, we are instilling in them the opposite: that you, your needs, your wants come first. Which is why kids become adults who don’t know how to wait.

So a law that makes it illegal to text and drive is a Band-Aid. It aims to make the result of the problem disappear, but it doesn’t solve the problem.

The other law fight I hear about a lot is the one to ban abortion. And that law is like a Band-Aid, too. It aims to make the result of the problem disappear, but it doesn’t make the problem disappear.

This is because the problem is not that it is legal to abort a baby. The problem is that we are raising people who need to be told it’s a bad idea to have sex when you aren’t prepared to be a parent.

Apparently, we as a culture are not instilling in our children the values or the sense that make a person able conclude on his or her than that sometimes, it is better not to have sex. In fact, we are instilling in them the opposite: that you, your needs, your wants come first. Which is why kids become adults who don’t know how to wait.

What if our culture raised kids who could wait?

Please note: I reserve the right to delete comments that are offensive or off-topic.

  • “Apparently, we as a culture are not instilling in our children the values or the sense that make a person able conclude on his or her than that sometimes, it is better not to have sex. In fact, we are instilling in them the opposite: that you, your needs, your wants come first. Which is why kids become adults who don’t know how to wait.”

    Nicely stated Arleen. Temporary solutions to long term problems never work. And it seems that few people today can step back and look at the big picture, can look at a situation through the lens of eternity.

  • Yes, this is true but enforcing these laws should be more strict. I think that it would be beneficial to states to each crack down and texting while driving, at least allowing officers to pull people over if they are seen texting while driving. But then again, would this be prudent? Maybe app developers should instead develop an applications which disables texting while driving by installing a sensor in newly manufactured automobiles? This could be done, maybe. And were you relating the title of the blog to Roe V. Wade in order to make a subtle statement about creating laws for texting while driving or were you trying to bring to conversation back to Roe V. Wade?

    • I like the sensor idea, Geoffers, but I think that also would be a band aid. The point I tried to make when I wrote this post is that if our culture produced people who could wait, it wouldn’t matter whether it’s legal to text and drive (or not illegal, anyway) or whether it’s legal to have an abortion.

      And in answer to your question, neither! I suck at writing headlines, so the headlines I write are usually just one word, or a few words, that are pretty literally what the post is about.

    • Ohhhhh ok. I don’t thin you suck at writing headlines. Your headlines are fine. I like how you’re just like. “Great idea Geoffers” without even hesitating. You’re funny. I think that n addition to the smart phone sensors installed in cars, driver education could include “texting while driving” in their terrifying lineup of car accident pictures. Show the worst images imaginable. 16 year old children will be peeing their pants when they get in the car.

    • So true! I am still scarred by the video of dead bodies in cars I had to watch when I took the class I had to take before I got my permit.

  • gosh, you know, the real “war on women” in this country is being waged by the abortion industry: http://www.know7things.com/sin.html

  • Anonymous

    outlawing abortion is not a band aid solution. it is a necessary first aid procedure to save lives. using the logic that outlawing something hideous as abortion is a band aid solution is like saying outlawing rape, murder and robbery is also a superficial approach. Instead we must get deeper into the roots of the problem. meanwhile lives and property are being lost. of course legal sanction alone will hardly eliminate abortion. Spiritual guidance and good moral examples are necessary.
    to combat this problem.