Joshua Gizelt (swashbuckler332) wrote,
Joshua Gizelt
swashbuckler332

Where I Stand

I shall post about my cinematic adventures tomorrow. In the meantime, yoinked from jenvargas is this:

Political and Cultural Morality Opinion Survey - What is Your Opinion On:

Stem Cell Research: I believe that it is a very important field of study, with many benefits. The opposition to it is purely on a religious basis makes no sense in actual practice (see below).

Cloning: People seem to have a very unrealistic view of what a clone would be. You can't make a copy of a person, only their genetic information. Their identity is tied into their experiences, and that will not be reproduced. The result would be different people, although they would look very much alike. I therefore think that there are very few practical non-medical applications of cloning and am rather indifferent to it.

Illicit Drug Use: That's a touchy subject. Yes, drugs can be very unhealthy. On the other hand, some of my favorite art, music and books were created by people who were under various influences. Of course, many of them died earlier than they might because of said drugs. But would they have created what they did without them? Absolutely not. So I can't really state a clear opinion on it one way or ther other.

Abstinence Only Sex-Ed: Abstinence is against human nature. The human population of the planet is proof of that. Therefore, teaching only abstinence merely keeps people that are having sex in ignorance. With the exception of myself, people have sex. It is what we do. Several billion years of natural selection has made it feel really good (well, really excellent).

Emergency Contraceptives: This is a necessity. See above.

Gun Control: For. Explain to me why you need that semi-automatic sub-machine gun.

Hunting: If you're hunting to supplement your diet, that's one thing, but if you're hunting for the sport of it, you're a sick sadistic pervert.

Gay Marriage: Marriage should be the union of two people who love each other. I don't understand why it should be anybody else's business what gender the two people are. The only conclusion I have come to is that opposition to gay marriage is simple bigotry.

Pornography: Folks, if it weren't for porn, I wouldn't have a sex life.

Abortion: If it is legal, it is performed by qualified professionals in a safe setting. If it is illegal, it will be performed by people who don't know what they're doing who knows where. Abortion has existed since before recorded history. It's going to happen either way, so just keep it legal as so not to victimize the parents. And, of course, if you prevent an abortion from occuring, you are forcing an unwanted child into the world. That's not good for the mother nor the child. If you don't believe in abortion, don't have one. But don't take it away as a viable choice.

Capital Punishment: I am against the death penalty first and foremost for purely practical reasons: it does not serve as a deterrent and it is much more expensive than a life sentence. I therefore have concluded that the death penalty just doesn't work. From a moral point of view, I don't see how you can on one hand say that murder is wrong and then turn around and kill somebody. By killing them, you have become a murderer as well. I don't really think that justice is served in this way, but it is instead a form of revenge.

Affirmative Action: This is still absolutely necessary. Sorry, but there is an enormous amount of institutionalized racism that people simply choose not to see. The rules have changed somewhat, and it is no longer as overt as it once was, but it is still undeniably there.

Prostitution: I have long held that this should be legalized and unionized. This is another one of those 'human nature' issues, and it is referred to as "The Oldest Profession" for a reason. Besides, we already have legal versions of prostitution occuring (what is photographic or video pornography if not a form of prostitution), so what's the big deal?

Child Labor: I didn't even know that there were still proponents for this. All of my joking about the best way to raise a child is to chain it to a wall in the basement and occasionally throw food down at it aside, there is just no way to justify this.

War: I hate war with a fiery passion, but it is just inevitable. Once again, it's just human nature. We are a competitive, tribal species, and this is what happens when the population gets to be a certain size.

Online Dating: I don't know enough about it to form an opinion on it one way or another.

Drinking then Driving: I've only ever done it once, and it was enough for me to be glad that I never had before and never will again. It just doesn't work.

The Electoral College: This runs completely counter to how the United States as a country is represented towards itself. Furthermore, we don't need it. We have the technology in this day and age to completely revamp the system, and the only reason why it hasn't happened is because it serves certain people's purposes not to do so.

Separation of Church and State: Religion is the province of an individual's private life. It must therefore must be kept as far away from government as possible. A government must function rationally in order to be practical and fair. Religion is by nature not rational.

Interracial Dating/Marriage: Once again, opposition to this is nothing but bigotry.

Keeping the pledge in school: The pledge, yes. But get that "under God" line the hell out of it. God has no place in a public school. See "Separation of Church and State."

Arranged Marriage: The individuals do not have any control over their lives. I see this as tantamount to rape.

Prayer In School: Prayer has no place in public schools. See "Separation of Church and State" and "Keeping the Pledge in School."

National Healthcare: I believe that there ought to be a basic level of health care available to all citizens. In practice, such systems don't always yeild the best care, but something is better than nothing, and a lot of people are stuck with nothing.

The Patriot Act: This was a horrible piece of legislature pushed through Congress during a time of panic. I think security is necessary, but not at the expense of the rights of those whom the government is protecting. Otherwise, said government is just as bad as any external threat.

Incest: Gross, among other things.

Legalization of Marijuana: There's no way around it; pot is a hell of a lot less harmful than alcohol is - and leads to much, much less dangerous behavior. Drunk people often get angry and violent, often leading to domestic violence. High people watch The Wizard of Oz while playing Pink Floyd's Dark Side of the Moon and order a pizza. My aphorism about it is "drunks blow the red light, stoners wait for the stop sign to change." If booze is legal, than marijuana should be as well.

Censorship: I am against artistic censorship. I do understand a reasonable restriction of speech (the whole shoulding "movie!" in a crowded firehouse thing), but ultimately freedom of expression is very important.

Racism: I am against it, although like war I must grudgingly admit that it is another one of those side-effects of our tribal heritage. One can hope that we as individuals can get past it, but the species as a whole will always have a certain amount of xenophobia.

Downloading Music (for free): I sometimes download music that isn't commercially available or that I might want to hear before purchasing. I have no qualms about this. However, I have an issue with downloads, which is that they are almost always in compressed file formats which are not of sufficient sound quality for my taste. Moreover, most of the CDs I get nowadays are limited edition releases from film music specialty labels, and purchasing the discs supports them, allowing for more releases.

Uniforms in School: I don't believe that this would be a positive thing. Forced conformity will only breed greater discontent.

Universal Language: This will most likely develop anyway as language evolves around our communication technology.

Animal Testing: The Mary Kay Commandos can all go to hell, but the fact of the matter is that many great strides in medicine are only possible with animal testing. So I think that for medical purposes, it is a good thing, but it shouldn't be done for frivolous purposes.
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