How interesting it is that we recognized two very different historical events in the same week.
Martin Luther King Jr. Day paid homage to the disciple of non-violence. He led us to see that when we classify categories of human beings as having less worth and treat them accordingly, we exalt our worst instincts, all of which boil down to selfishness. On the other hand, by building on our brotherhood of humanity and living up to our better selves, we can all have a much more fulfilling existence.
We still haven't achieved that lofty goal. It will take more effort from everyone, but few would really want to forsake its accomplishment and revert back to the past.
A few days later came the 41st anniversary of the Supreme Court's Roe vs. Wade decision, in which it declared that a specific category of human being, those in the stage of life between conception and birth, has no intrinsic value and is unworthy of an "inalienable" right to exist.
The outcome was a flood of legally procured carnage called abortion. This, too, catered to humanity's lower instincts, glorification of appetite, dismissal of biological outcome, disregard for responsibility, acceptance of violence, supremacy of self.
Perhaps some people back then didn't realize what everyone now knows, that the contents of the womb are a new, separate, living human being, different only in development, dependency and invisibility to the naked eye.
How do we respond? Many with willful ignorance, heartless disdain, or campaigns of pressure and misrepresentation in order to victimize both a fearful mother and her child. However, more youth now see the truth and are turning against abortion. Yet the conflict still rages.
It's sad that these different though similar rights issues both still incur strong headwinds rather than calm seas.