Humanity is a strange thing. An unsettling thing. We see it everyday when we look at our reflection, yet we ignore it when it suits us.
The abortion debate in this country is an unusual time. It’s a time for us to consider what type of society we want to live in. Perhaps more than any other issue, abortion cuts straight to the chase.
Professor William Binchy does exactly that in his latest article from Thursday’s Irish Times. Read it here
Respect for the humanity of others forms the basis for our society. We dispense with that respect at our peril.
Anyone who’s ever visited my Twitter page @CoraSherlock won’t be surprised to hear that I have a healthy interest in the fundamental issues affecting Irish society and the way in which we as citizens try to improve it. This blog is a natural progression of some of the 140-character-truncated conversations that I’ve had with fellow-minded Tweeters.
I’ve always felt that on the so-called “divisive” issues – abortion, euthanasia, stem-cell-research – humanity is a good starting point. We all have inherent worth by virtue of that humanity and while it’s true that we can have very different opinions on these things, we’ll always share the commonality of the human experience. In a world with so many differing views, I like to try and remember that I probably have something in common with everyone.
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