[One of my tweeps](https://twitter.com/#!/StrawberrySun/status/41214856392753152 “Sunset”) posted [a link](http://www.sunsetsealy.com/news/35/22/African-American-Wombs/ “African American Wombs”) this morning (afternoon?) which incensed me on a whole different level.
The story is that an anti-abortion organization (irks me to give them respectability by labeling them as such, but …) mounted an ad campaign that states that “the most dangerous place for an African-American child is in the womb”.
I am assuming that this is supposed to wake people up, make people aware of the startlingly high number of black women having abortions.
Aside from encroaching on the right of *every* woman to choose; whether it is a choice of life, murder, safety, compassion or otherwise, is not anybody’s concern but those involved. And it is certainly not anybody’s right to judge or persecute based on said judgement.
Even beyond the issue of abortion… how is it the responsibility or prerogative of any individual to impose any kind of judgement on any other individual? On what basis can *I* tell anyone what is right?
Of course, there are some wrongs that most all of us agree on (Murder, objectifying children in a sexual manner, etc.) and this by basis of our assumed similarity in instruction and education. Christianity teaches “judge not, lest ye be judged” and the gospel of Matthew instructs “love thy neighbour as thyself”, yet the irony is that I have found that self-proclaimed Christians are the biggest offenders.
It’s as I tweeted earlier, I do not judge anyone. I have *very* definitive ideas of what is wrong and what is right and the consequences of both. And I realize that someone else may exist in circumstances (past of present) that make their ideas of wrong and right different from mine. In fact, it might actually conflict with mine. It doesn’t matter whether they differ or conflict … it’s not for me to say what is **your** reality.
If only the rest of the human race could recognize that we are one, but we are also many. We are all the same yet each so different from the other. We are all in this thing called life together but we all journey through life individually.
I may live my life as an example for you; I may even tell you what rules I live by in response to a request by you. However, I can’t tell you my way is right and yours is wrong because … and I insist on this point … neither of us can know what is ultimately right or wrong.
I have heard opinions that say this approach to life is begging for chaos and confusion. However, tolerance and a sense of personal responsibility is what tempers this approach and helps keep us from encroaching on the rights of others.
Almost every religion in the world has at least one tenet in common; simply “love thy neighbour as thyself”. Or if you prefer “do unto others as you would have them do onto you”. Or maybe – like me – you prefer “an it harm none, do what ye will”.
You know, as much as [Wikipedia](http://en.wikipedia.org/ “Wikipedia”) is maligned and discredited as a source of legitimate information, it is still the perfect starting place when you want to know about a particular subject. Just about every culture and religion in the history of the world has the concept of the [Golden Rule](http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Golden_Rule_(ethics) “Golden Rule”).
>The Golden Rule or ethic of reciprocity is a maxim, an ethical code, or a morality, that essentially states either of the following:
1. One should treat others as one would like others to treat oneself (positive form)
2. One should not treat others in ways that one would not like to be treated (negative/prohibitive form, also called the Silver Rule)
The Golden Rule is arguably the most essential basis for the modern concept of human rights, in which each individual has a right to just treatment, and a reciprocal responsibility to ensure justice for others.
Considering the concept is a common thread, doesn’t that mean something… that there must be a truth in it? A truth that transcends race, creed, religion?
> **each individual has a right to just treatment, and a reciprocal responsibility to ensure justice for others**
All of you who choose to tell others what they should do, how they should think and the choices they should make – how would you feel if someone to turn on _you_ and tell you what you should do, what you should think, which choices you should make?
How easily would you accept it if *I* told you that there is no God, there is no Devil, there is no heaven and no hell … there is only this?
Feel the weight of that anger, the ire, the indignation, the horror … feel it. Weigh it. Think about the fairness of it and the **GALL** of *ME* to tell you this.
Now turn around and make someone else feel that way.
Didn’t think so.