Texting, abortion and Band-Aids.

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?

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  • Here’s the weird thing…about texting and driving, in states where it’s illegal to text in drive the crash rates are higher, because people refuse to stop texting, they just text lower so it can’t be seen by cops.

    Same thing. The issue with abortion is de-humanization. The same way that Nazis made Jewish people seem less than human so they could justify murdering them, today we make the unborn seem less than human, just tissues and cells, just a fetus. And thus justify murder.

    • Re: texting and driving, wow! Texting drivers never cease to amaze me. That reading or sending a text is more important to one driver than paying attention is, is scary. And it’s terrifying when it’s multiple drivers at once. I see it every day.

      Re: abortion, good point, David. What I wonder is – if what’s inside a woman is just tissues and cells – why do most women grieve when they have a miscarriage? Humans mourn lost life, not lost tissue.

  • I do indeed agree with the concept you outline. Making something illegal that is simply a bad idea in the first place is not solving a problem. It makes a politician’s career, but it misses the deeper problems of the culture that the law aims to address.