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Monday, September 5, 2011
On page 736 in the text, 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.
Both the conservatives and liberals have valid points in their arguments toward forces destroying families. However, I agree with the liberals based on their arguments on the matters of domestic violence, economic insecurity, and inadequate public support. I think that domestic violence is severely detrimental to the survival of a family, especilaonly when there are children involved. I feel that verbal or physical abuse within a family changes the dynamic of the environment around the family. It changes from a loving and caring atmosphere to a surrounding full of hatred and fear¸ which I think no family can survive under. I also feel that no family can survive with economic insecurities due to the fact that our economy is in recession and the lowest it has been. Many banks, corporations, small business are running out of money and going bankrupt, therefore terminating countless employees which create a very difficult situation for families. On top of that results in inadequate public support from organization, business, and government agencies make more problems for the families.
On the conservative side I think that abortion, illegitimacy and homosexuality play a small factor in the problems afflicting families. I feel that abortion for many families is never and option, and there are other alternatives like adoption. On the other hand if someone were to choose abortion, it is not detrimental to the family. I also feel that illegitimacy is common in today’s society and that it is not a huge factor in the survival of a family. I feel you can still have a loving and caring relationship without having to be married, and can raise children in an appropriate environment without being married. My views on homosexuality towards this topic is impertinent, I think that homosexuality is not someone’s choice, but how they were born. In my eyes someone’s sexuality should not cause afflicting problems between families.