Tuesday, December 08, 2009

Do You Want the Good News or the Bad News First?

Well, first, the good news. Our brother Al Mohler reviews an interesting piece from Jennifer Senior in New York magazine entitled "The Abortion Distortion--Just How Pro-Choice Is America Really?" Mohler writes:
In “The Abortion Distortion — Just How Pro-choice is America, Really?,” writer Jennifer Senior offers an incredibly insightful and important essay on the moral status of abortion in the American mind. Senior is clearly writing to a New York readership — expected to be overwhelmingly pro-choice and settled in a posture of abortion advocacy. Given the passage of the so-called “Stupak amendment” to the health-care reform bill adopted by the House of Representatives, many in the pro-choice movement responded with amazement that a pro-life minority has been able to muster such support. Jennifer Senior posed the most awkward question for her readers: Is America really pro-choice
The good news from this piece is that Americans are significantly less pro-choice than a small, aging minority would have us believe. Senior's work goes back to the 1970s documenting that Roe was significantly out-of-step with public opinion and abortion as a practice continues to be. May it not only be out of step but out of existence in our lifetime.

Now the bad news. Or, at least the cute bad news. Turns out most children are unrepentant sociopaths. Mockingbird links to a very funny piece from The Onion. An excerpt:
MINNEAPOLIS—A study published Monday in The Journal Of Child Psychology And Psychiatry has concluded that an estimated 98 percent of children under the age of 10 are remorseless sociopaths with little regard for anything other than their own egocentric interests and pleasures.

According to Dr. Leonard Mateo, a developmental psychologist at the University of Minnesota and lead author of the study, most adults are completely unaware that they could be living among callous monsters who would remorselessly exploit them to obtain something as insignificant as an ice cream cone or a new toy.

"The most disturbing facet of this ubiquitous childhood disorder is an utter lack of empathy," Mateo said. "These people—if you can even call them that—deliberately violate every social norm without ever pausing to consider how their selfish behavior might affect others. It's as if they have no concept of anyone but themselves."

"The depths of depravity that these tiny psychopaths are capable of reaching are really quite chilling," Mateo added.

Read the whole thing here.

Related Posts:
Two Year Olds Are Sneaky Little Sinners
The Joys of Talking with Little Kids

1 comment:

Stephen said...

hmmm, perhaps children display the total depravity of the human race before they get trained in social procedures meant to mask it?