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My Choice Not Yours


  • My Choice Not Yours

    2007 was a big year for humanity. The iPhone was introduced to the world for the first time. It was a piece of technology that would go on to revolutionize the tech industry and change each and every single one of our lives. A device that cost $150 million dollars to create and sold for $499 apiece. While humanity was at this turning point in history, little did the majority know that on the other side of the world, in the West African country of Mauritania, the average cost of a human being was $90. In the same year, Mauritania became the last country in the world to criminalize slavery – it was also the last country to abolish it in 1981. However, passing laws and prosecuting slaveholders are two very different things. People still “own” people in Mauritania (Here is the story of one: Not to mention the obscene abundance of human and child trafficking that is taking place as you are reading this.

    Now let’s scale that out to a larger perspective. It’s bad enough that slavery is an ongoing issue in the world, where people are being bought and sold like livestock; there is a larger issue at play here, and our species is either in denial or completely ignorant about it. Throughout our history, men in positions of power have been controlling both humanity and nature. From the time the Roman gladiators had their lives determined by a yay or nay thumb gesture, to our modern-day laws of the death penalty, the criminalization of euthanasia and assisted suicide, cloud seeding, deforestation and project HAARP ( to name a few – Humans have been assuming the role of God since the beginning of recorded history.

    So, the question is: Are you actually as free as you think you are?

    Let’s consider this for a moment. In Malaysia, it is illegal for a terminal cancer patient to be euthanized or assisted to die. Even if the patient attempts suicide and fails, then jail time is on the table. However, if the person in question gets their hands on 15 grams of heroin, they will face the death penalty. Ironic, isn’t it? This isn’t a Malaysia issue, it’s a global issue. Here, take a look at these stats:

    Playing God with humanity and nature is what needs to be abolished. Our species cannot advance as long as there is even one person who has a say over the life of another. Humanity and nature were both born free and that is what they need to be. Let that sink in.

    • PolyPotter
      PolyPotter commented
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      We live in such amazing conditions and are always ungrateful. We only gain perspective when we see how people live on the other side. It is truly sad. No higher power should make choices for individuals.

    • LittleReagan
      LittleReagan commented
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      I really resonate with the first line of the last paragraph, "Playing God with humanity and nature is what needs to be abolished". This is one hundred percent true, who are they to tell us what we can and cannot do?

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