value of human life

mlk and civil rights protests in cartoons: then, as now

in the 1960s, america would have been all to happy to extend civil rights to blacks if only they  weren’t all just a bunch of lawless looters and rioters.

good thing we’ve grown as a society since then!

in the 1960s, america would have gladly listened to civil rights leaders – if only they weren’t all just stoking so much darn violence all the time!

good thing mlk’s image has been rehabilitated and black leaders are taken seriously now!

in the 1960s, the value of human life was placed above that of inert property - if only those uppity blacks would just take our word for it

thankfully the value of black life is recognized today!

in the 1960s, america really wanted to give black protestors the benefit of the doubt – if only they weren’t just so darn complicit in their own oppression

thank god those antiquated views are all behind us now!

in the 1960s, jobs, education and housing were ripe for the picking for minorities – they just insisted on wasting all that energy on aimless protests instead!

thank heavens we actually listen to their grievances now instead of just telling them to sit down and shut up!

in conclusion, everything would be fine if they had just stayed in the back of the bus instead of getting out and rocking it

(huge thanks to Rebel Blob for digging all these old cartoons up!)

I am at once a physician, a citizen and a woman, and I am not willing to stand aside and allow this concept of expendable human lives to turn this great land of ours into just another exclusive reservation where only the perfect, the privileged and the planned have the right to live.
—  Dr. Mildred Jefferson, first black woman to graduate Harvard Medical School

anonymous asked:

As Christians, what should we believe when it comes to abortion? Does the Bible say it is murder?

Scientifically speaking, an unborn child, a fetus, is a living human individual. Despite this being a proven fact, it is something that many people have a difficult time accepting. Therefore, there is a need to establish that as the basis for what is yet to follow.

The Bible never mentions the word “abortion”, yet despite that, there are ample verses to discern the truth of the matter (much like the word “Trinity” never appears in the Bible, or the word “Bible” for that matter). God’s value of human life is given enormous emphasis throughout His word.

Psalm 139:13 says, “For You formed my inward parts; You covered me in my mother’s womb. I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; marvelous are Your works, and that my soul knows very well.” From that we understand that every person is created purposefully by God. Some people might consider conception a surprise, an accident, or even a mistake, but with God there is no such thing. God is the only one capable of breathing life into anything, and it was He who brought that tiny human into existence, even in its most microscopic state.

Psalm 127:3 says, “Behold, children are a heritage from the Lord, the fruit of the womb is a reward.” Please note there are no exceptions to that verse. Children are a blessing from God. Period. Even if you didn’t “mean” to get pregnant, even if you consider yourself unprepared, even if you think it will overturn your life, even if it was conceived through the horrible act of rape, that little baby is a gift. Despite any anguish or struggles, that child is a gift amidst the suffering. That child isn’t the rain cloud, it’s the beautiful rainbow that reminds us that God is faithful through the storms.

Matthew 25:40 says, “The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’” I cannot think of anyone more utterly defenseless than an unborn child. We are to be their advocates, their champions, their voice when they have none. We are to fight for them, fervently and passionately. But not only for the children, but for the mothers, for the fathers, when they feel like abortion is the only way, when they feel like they can’t be parents, when they give into the lie that society preaches that the fetus is a clump of insignificant cells without worth. We are to come alongside them with the truth and hope of the Bible, loving and caring for them as Christ loves us.

As found in Exodus 21, the Old Testament life-for-life law pertaining to the murder or negligent manslaughter of a person, also applied to the unborn. If you were directly responsible for the homicide of an infant in utero, the penalty was your own death. That is the exact category under which abortion would fall.

Life is precious to God, it is nothing to take for granted or to flippantly dismiss. We are to treasure it, protect it, and praise God for the gift that it is.

For further research, here are more verses supporting the value of unborn life [x]

EDIT: I forgot to add one of my favorite points! To argue the validity of the fetus as a valuable person rather than a mindless clump of cells, I like to note that when Mary, pregnant with Jesus, visited her cousin Elizabeth, pregnant with John the Baptist, the latter mother said, “As soon as the sound of your greeting reached my ears, the baby in my womb leaped for joy!” What a beautiful proof of God’s divine design.
Still haven’t recovered

From last night’s Lucifer. I’m so, so, so glad that the show is doing this well and that they’ve taken it in this direction. I’m loving how the relationships among the characters (not just Lucifer and Chloe) have developed this far. You know it’s good if I’m still thinking about it the next day and writing a text post lol.

Assorted musings:

  • I love Maze’s development. She was so one-dimensional for much of season 1 and I really wasn’t sure where they’d take her. Seeing her grow into her own person and valuing her friendships with humans (especially Trixie!) just really does give me life.
  • Seeing Lucifer suffer the way he is, his self-loathing, how much he wants to be someone else is killing me, but that’s just a testament to how absolutely awesome Tom Ellis and the writers are. They could have taken this so many ways, but choosing to give this character the complexity and moral dilemmas he deserves is the reason this show will (hopefully) be around for a long time.
  • Lucifer and Dan - need I say more? I need more buddy cop/bromance from them on a daily basis.
  • Dan does improv! I’ll never get over that. I’m glad we’re getting to see a different side of him, too. The writers could have kept him as the stereotypical awful ex, but that they’re giving him dimension and depth speaks volumes for the quality of this show.
  • We also got to see a side of Chloe we hadn’t up until now. She was emotionally broken and vulnerable, and I think that’s the first time we actually get to really see what motivates her (other than when she basically told Lucifer as much in season 1). I really hope, when Lucifer eventually reveals himself to her (because that has to happen) that she takes it better than Linda did. After how Lucifer reacted last season to her trying to arrest him, I doubt he’d survive her rejection.
  • That Deckerstar hug.

This show just keeps getting better and I don’t know what to do with myself. That is all.

Amazing! I made a post on my personal blog expressing my frustration at the ineffective gun control laws of this country as I am still trying to process the mass shootings that have ravaged my hometown, my place of work, and the wider lgbtq+ community in less than one decade and in response I received death threats from people whom I have never met or spoken with.

It’s almost as if guns are valued more than human life!

But it’s better for us not to know the kinds of sacrifices the professional-grade athlete has made to get so very good at one particular thing…the actual facts of the sacrifices repel us when we see them: basketball geniuses who cannot read, sprinters who dope themselves, defensive tackles who shoot up with bovine hormones until they collapse or explode. We prefer not to consider closely the shockingly vapid and primitive comments uttered by athletes in postcontest interviews or to consider what impoverishments in one’s mental life would allow people actually to think the way great athletes seem to think. Note the way up close and personal profiles of professional athletes strain so hard to find evidence of a rounded human life – outside interests and activities, values beyond the sport. We ignore what’s obvious, that most of this straining is farce. It’s farce because the realities of top-level athletics today require an early and total commitment to one area of excellence. An ascetic focus. A subsumption of almost all other features of human life to one chosen talent and pursuit. A consent to live in a world that, like a child’s world, is very small…

Whether or not he ends up in the top ten and a name anybody will know, Michael Joyce will remain a paradox. The restrictions on his life have been, in my opinion, grotesque; and in certain ways Joyce himself is a grotesque. But the radical compression of his attention and sense of himself have allowed him to become a transcendent practitioner of an art–something few of us get to be. They’ve allowed him to visit and test parts of his psychic reserves most of us do not even know for sure we have (courage, playing with violent nausea, not choking, et cetera).

Joyce is, in other words, a complete man, though in a grotesquely limited way. But he wants more. He wants to be the best, to have his name known, to hold professional trophies over his head as he patiently turns in all four directions for the media. He wants this and will pay to have it–to pursue it, let it define him–and will pay up with the regretless cheer of a man for whom issues of choice became irrelevant a long time ago. Already, for Joyce, at twenty-two, it’s too late for anything else; he’s invested too much, is in too deep. I think he’s both lucky and unlucky. He will say he is happy and mean it. Wish him well.

—  “The String Theory” by David Foster Wallace from Esquire

So, I’ve seen a lot of discussion about why John has turned into such a complete rage machine, with his trust issues and nasty comments and infidelity, and most of it focuses on Mary’s lying and Sherlock faking his death -

Is anyone considering adding to this - Sherlock murdering Magnussen?

Because think about it - John is a doctor, right?  He’s trained to save people’s lives.  He’s been shown since ASIP to be very affected when someone dies or who is even threatened. 

He idolizes Sherlock.  Well, he used to.  By TRF John had put him on such a pedestal - a realistic one, to be sure, but a mighty high one nonetheless.

Sherlock shoots Magnussen in the head.  Point-blank.  Unprovoked, his target unarmed.  However “justifiable”, it was an execution.  How much would that have affected a man like John Watson, who demonstrably is a dick but also places an extremely high value on human life?  To be shown that his best friend “The Machine” could in reality be that devoid of humanity?  How much has Sherlock’s action destroyed John’s regard for him?

We have the emotional tarmac scene, to be sure, but to ascribe real-life motivations to fictional characters, maybe John knew that this was Sherlock’s sentence - even without knowing it was a suicide mission, at least Sherlock was “paying” for his crime, so it sat well with John. 

For me, though, the real disappointment is knowing that Mofftiss will never ever address these issues. I’m pretty confident that the Top Secret Meeting is their way of wrapping up that story point; they’ve moved on.  Which for me is my eternal frustration with this show: they set up such amazing, dark, complex situations for their characters and then completely blow them off in the next episode.  Maybe we’ll get some sort of real resolution to Sherlock’s crime, but I am absolutely not holding my breath.  That’s what fanfiction is for. 

But I don’t think you can fully address John’s current behaviour without also addressing Sherlock’s crime.  If anyone has already explored this, please let me know - I’d love to read it!

I now classify Stelena as a “tragic couple”.

Stefan came back to Mystic Falls for her. He helped her heal the wound that her parent’s death caused her, teaching her to love and value life. She taught him that humanity is something to embrace, that there is love and light and warmth even while being a vampire. They went through so much in Season 3, from being separated for a summer as ripper Stefan took over and Elena did everything she could to bring him back (the birthday phone call, anybody? the closet scene, anybody?) and after all that, in 4x01 Elena tells Stefan that he’s the best choice she’s ever made. And after he gives her the ring while watching a beautiful sunrise, it seems as if Stefan and Elena could FINALLY be happy together….

Until after everything from season 4 and onward happens and TVD goes to shit. A couple so epic and so truthful and so amazingly beautiful…gone due to fanservice and horny teenage girls who only want to suck Ian Somerhalder’s dick. After everything Stefan and Elena went through, after every perfectly crafted line they’ve said to each other, at the end of the day sex and toxic angst seems to win.

Now that’s tragic.

anonymous asked:

I know she is against it but could you make any posts about her aversion to killing and/or regret that she did like black mask after her sister?

I’ve already pretty much covered this and you can read about it here and here. For the record Selina didn’t kill Black Mask necessarily because of what he did to her sister and she definitely, definitely didn’t regret doing it. She killed Black Mask because of repeated and unrelenting attacks and other atrocities that he had committed against her, her loved ones, and other innocent people and she believed that killing him and putting a stop to it once and for all was the most right thing to do. 

In spite of that Catwoman has also been shown as deeply valuing human life. She has never been portrayed as a malicious or vengeful killer, and has gone out of her way to save lives; even the lives of those who aren’t morally pure and sometimes downright evil. @princessofplunder tallied some of Catwoman’s casual rescues which you can find under this tag.

Even when Catwoman was at her most villainous, even in moments of pure, naked hatred she abstained from murder. 

This has remained consistent across media. In Batman Returns Catwoman was perturbed that Penguin had killed the kidnapped Ice Princess. She says, “You said you were going to scare the Ice Princess” which implies that Catwoman’s intention in getting involved in the kidnapping was not to hurt her.

In Injustice Catwoman expressed incredulity and disgust that people around the world were celebrating Superman’s murders, and these were not the lives of innocent people that were being lost. Catwoman’s shock is juxtaposed to Wonder Woman’s jubilation over the same event

That said I finally broke down and read Batman #14 last night (no, I didn’t think it was good) and even King who’s responsible for this whole Catwoman serial killer mess had Catwoman demonstrate that she cares about human life when she assures Batman that no one would be hurt as a result of the bombs she set off in her own apartment. Also for the record I’d like to reiterate that I’ve been saying since day one that I didn’t expect this Catwoman murder thing to be permanent. I believe that this is King finally setting up the reveal that Catwoman was innocent the entire time. 

It is dangerous to believe that human life only has value in specific situations.

Human life has value or it doesn’t. Any argument for in-between opens all kinds of doors for possible atrocities to be condoned against human beings who happen to fall into the “no value” category.

Anonymous said: Can you do a being Jane Volturi’s girlfriend would include, please!

A/N: Of course! Jane is interesting, so I enjoyed writing this very much! I haven’t done one of these in awhile so please enjoy what i have come up with! Thanks so much for your request! - Admit Kat 💟

Not my gif. Gif credit goes to the amazing creators!

Being Jane Volturi’s Mate Would Include:

- It would be mandatory that you are apart of the Volturi! The Volturi DON’T value human life! But if you had been a human coming in, she wouldn’t let a single vampire touch you and fend them off with her gift notoriously.

- Being Jane’s mate means; NO ONE WILL HARM YOU!

- Jane is more of the sadistic type, she’d be even more cynical if other’s took up your time, but if you confronted her, she’d be so pouty and stubborn.

- Having all of Jane’s attention and vice versa.

- Being fiercely important and protected by Jane.

- Having an amazing gift that even Jane is perplexed and astonished by.

- Constantly being together.

- Putting up with Alec’s, Demetri’s and Felix’s comments.

- Teasing Jane.

- Jane would give you her all, her every attention, love, you name it; in everyday life and in the bedroom.

- Her always tracing patterns along your skin, murmuring how beautiful you are and how much she loves you. She doesn’t know that she does it, but she does.

- Always being her anchor, the one to ease her worries.

- The leaders of the Volturi noticing how much of a change you’ve brought to their Jane, and making you apart of the Volturi guard to help keep her more settled.

- Jane doing anything you wanted to do, and her teasing you or making sarcastic remarks if she wasn’t into it.

- Asking Jane for make up tips, to which she eventually obliges to.

- Jane making you forget your own name, the culprit is her actions and words in many ways and fashions.

- It’d be a “You’re mine and no one can have you” sort of relationship: She won’t allow anyone to have your attention for too long, - not even her twin brother Alec-.

- Jane loving you, but showing it in her own fashion.

- If you’re upset, Jane will use sadistic methods on those whom have harmed you. You’d have to beg her to stop because she won’t tolerate or listen to anyone else telling her so.

- She would hold your hand all the time. She’d never let you break away for more than a few seconds.

- “I’ll be back.” you’d smile.

- “When? I want to know where you’re going.” she’d state.

- “In a few moments. I have to discuss matters with Demetri.

- You and Alec both teasing her.

- Actually making her feel happy inside.

- If anyone flirts with you… attempted vampire murder will occur!!!!

- Giggle fits with her.

- Being a power couple in the Volturi.

- Loving each other wholeheartedly.

- Nothing ever getting in between the pair of you.

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Things must be accepted as they are. What is more, to say that we invent values means neither more nor less than this: life has no meaning a priori. Life itself is nothing until it is lived, it is we who give it meaning, and value is nothing more than the meaning we give it.
—  Jean Paul Sartre
Social Construction of Herpes Stigma

So I have started taking this class called Sociology of Medicine. Our first lecture is about the social construction of reality. It’s basically this theory that many things in our life have value only because we as humans assign them value. Such as money. Money is just a piece of paper with a number on it that, in and of itself has no value. It is us that decides it will be worth this much.

Then we got into a section that said what we consider diseases or illness is socially constructed by us and affected by certain things like societal beliefs, professionals, stigma, and people who report having a condition.

So that got me thinking, especially the last part. We already know that herpes is like 90% stigma for most people. For some it is a very painful condition and more pain than stigma. But it is society and pharmaceutical companies that decided herpes was such a disgusting and stigmatized infection only just a few decades ago.

If we all just came out and were like “Yeah I have herpes it doesn’t bother me (or my partner if you have one), I take some meds when it does and then it goes away again like any other cold. Except you are more likely to get a cold from me than herpes. (Add some educational facts in there) So fuck you herpes stigma, I won’t hide in shame like society would like me to!” We could collectively help end the stigma and destigmatize it again! I am planning on doing something like this on my fb page around the time I graduate college.