Saturday, October 22, 2011

Whitehead writes...

 "On the one side, conservatives pointed to abortion, illegitimacy, and homosexuality as forces destroying the family. On the other, liberals cited domestic violence, economic insecurity, and inadequate public supports as the key problems afflicting the family." What do you think about this statement? Explore what you think are the merits and weaknesses of these ideas.
      To me, I believe that I would have to agree with the liberals because those key problems of domestic violence, economic insecurity, and inadequate public support take a huge role in our society and helps tear families apart. Domestic violence can create many barriers that destroys a family. The emotional impact scars those involved. It creates a more survival defense emotion that may break the family apart by those who feel they can't get out of the situation or find it's their fault and those who deal with it are ready to get a way and never look back but struggle to keep other family members behind. The economic insecurity takes a great impact on unhappiness within a family. It causes instability and debt. This may cause the family to have to give up everything just to survive with food on the table and live day by day as it approaches. This causes a lot of stress on each member of the family. Inadequate public support is also a problem that afflicts with the family. This is because all these problems in society should be handled with care from others like support groups, charities, and protests to make our society better. That would help better impact each individual by knowing there is help out there for everyone. Socialism will help everyone get by with some form of hope. Therefore, I believe the liberals have pin pointed exactly what factors can afflict a family.  I think the conservatives are only providing factors that are made by choice which I don't think is a good enough reason to believe that's what can break a family apart.
Merits on abortion
  1. saves money from actually having to support a baby
  2. prevents fighting over taking care or neglecting the kid
  3. not being forced to settle down and can further education or career before settling
  4. population won't be as high therefore can save government money for others who already need it at the moment
Weaknesses on abortion
  1. costs upfront 
  2. fighting on regrets of having an abortion
  3. decision isn't mutual between parents
  4. some believe it's killing the baby inside them
Merits on illegitimacy (not being married and having a child)
  1. not stuck with the person
  2. no hassle with  time, money, and paper work of wanting to be divorced
  3. can see other people
  4. can run their lives just as a married couple does just not recorded on documented paper
Weaknesses on illegitimacy (not being married and having a child)
  1. jealousy appears if one parent sees another person
  2. obligation to always be there for other parent and child
  3. cause a lot of fighting between the parents about money, support, and emotional distress about child
  4. no social security benefits for married couples
Merits on homosexuality in a family
  1. shows and teaches that everyone is different in the world ( to their own adopted children or other family members)
  2. makes them stronger from when people discriminate against them
  3.  practice the rights of freedom, and avoid discrimination of others
  4. provides life lessons for family members and themselves that came from being gay
Weaknesses on homosexuality
  1. the homosexuals, their children , and/or other family members will be made fun of  (bullying)
  2. discrimination towards them
  3. judgement
  4. awkwardness between family who doesn't believe in homosexuality or despises it
  5. family members may disclaim them
Merits in domestic violence
( I really believe there are no good possibilities of domestic violence in a family but here are a few things that may get from coming out of those who commit domestic violence)
  1. some may learn independence 
  2. may learn lessons of survival
  3. self reliance
  4. appreciation for things and people to come into their life
Weaknesses of domestic violence
  1. trust/emotional issues 
  2. not a healthy relationship
  3. can cause health issues 
  4. children may want to stay away from home and can't do well in school worrying about stress of domestic violence
  5. fighting verbally and physically
  6. can influence other family members to be the same way
  7. could result in suicide
Merits of economic insecurity
  1. develops a better appreciation for what the family has
  2. May have nothing but depends on love for each other
  3. helps develop critical skills of money management and what to spend your money on
Weaknesses of economic insecurity
  1.  may not be able to afford essentials
  2. live on a day by day basis as they come up
  3. depression and stress of struggling to move forward
  4. may interfere with education or pursue in future plans for different careers 
Merits of inadequate public supports
  1. People become self reliant on themselves to get things done
  2. Learn strategies of their own on how to live and how things work best for them 
  3. doesn't become lazy
  4. teaches the realism in life 
Weaknesses of inadequate public supports
  1. people may feel there is no where to go to
  2. people may become unaware of possible hazards that could be prevented
  3. no change or growth of the way our society works (politically, emotionally, and through development [ Examples such as strikes against being underpaid, gay marriage protest, Wall Street protest]
  4. no socialism. Therefore, no one is willing to help others out. 
  5. no moral expectations of being kind to others and helping those in need

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