Thursday, January 29, 2009

A Comment About Tracy Borres [Hate] Posts

I've read this several months ago. Tracy was wrong. Done. Aside from that, I think that people who can only see the wrong of Tracy and who can only point their fingers at her are somewhat mistaken about the notion of good and evil.

We all make mistakes. If people could only see how their own wrongs are no different to Tracy's -- well, it's just their luck for being spared of the shame that Tracy has gone to. But, it's the other way around. We all make mistakes but only a few of us go through such a dark point of shame and judgment by others. The rest who don't have the deceiving luxury of being free from criticism. Thus, they stay the same. The wrong inside remains and they leave their stations like nothing happened -- like they're invincible and they're perfect.

We are all the same. People who do wrong, are put to shame and are downcast, and later realize and admit their mistakes are essentially in a more fortunate situation than people who can only see the wrongs of others and not their selves'.

The moment I've read an article about her in my email (sent through groups), I got curious about what the fuzz was about. I read her blog with curious intent. It was really controversial. I read on, but I was looking for something more. Maybe I just wanted to understand what's written. But, aside from that, I also wanted to understand Tracy more than what she had written. Let's say that I'm not just comfortable with prejudging paradigms and shallow understanding that people usually do.

People who can readily judge others are the ones who haven't really seen deeper into their selves and their mistakes. That is difficult because pointing fingers at others gets harder when we possess more things to be pointed out at than they do. The lesson is, before we again talk about the mistakes of others, let's just make sure first that we have nothing to be pointed at. That way, we lose more and more reasons to hate others. The more we do, we have more and more space in hearts to give for love and understanding to occupy.

A new hope and a second chance for the Tracy in all of us... ;)

Note: Aside from my above-written comment/reply to Tracy Borres hate posts, I made another one below.

GET OVER IT (my pen name) says: Your comment is awaiting moderation.

Get over this, people! You’re out-dated. You’re fighting over a fight that is long [fought and] over. There are more things in this world that we need to worry about.

The simple fact that you might (only probably MIGHT) have a better reaction than she does is enough for you to stop blabbing and minding other people’s business.

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Q. Without birth control, won't the world become overpopulated? (A Repost)

A. Contraceptives are not needed to plan family size. In Calcutta NFP has proven to be a practical alternative that works effectively. The British Medical Journal reported, “Indeed, a study of 19,843 poor women in India [practicing NFP to delay pregnancy] had a pregnancy rate approaching zero.”[1]

But is there an overpopulation problem? Especially in the 1960s and 1970s, people feared that the world’s population would soon outstrip its resources. Books predicted that the earth would run out of natural resources, such as gas, lead, and petroleum. Widespread catastrophes were feared, and some predicted that hundreds of millions of Americans would starve to death. Indeed, the world saw an exponential growth in population in the 1900s. However, much of this was a result of advances in medicine. Because the average life expectancy was lengthened, there were more people alive than ever before.

Now life expectancies have begun to level out, and although the population continues to increase, the 1970s doomsday predictions have faded away. In fact, many countries are now facing economic difficulties as a result of underpopulation.[2] Global fertility and birth rates have been rapidly decreasing for more than twenty-five years.[3] Almost every developed country in the world has a below-replacement fertility rate.[4] The fertility rate of developing nations tends to be higher, but according to the United Nations Population Division, between 2005 and 2050, the worldwide number of children (persons under fifteen) will decline.[5]

While some people predicted that there would be too many children, others feared that humans would run out of space. However, humans occupy only 1 to 3 percent of the Earth’s surface. If you gathered every human being on Earth, we would all fit in Jacksonville, Florida. If everyone moved to Texas, each person would have more than a thousand square feet in which to live.[6] This provides more living space than people have in San Francisco and only slightly less than they have in the Bronx.[7]

The problem is not a lack of space but an unjust distribution of resources. One researcher noted that “according to the Food and Agriculture Organization, world food supplies exceed requirements in all world areas.”[8] Besides, farmers use less than half of the land that can be used for agriculture. Human poverty is the result of bad economic policy and corrupt governments, not overpopulation. (For more on this, click here.)
[1]. Ryder, “ ‘Natural Family Planning’ Effective Birth Control supported by the Catholic Church” 723.
[2]. Joseph A’Agostino, “Vatican Officials Discuss Solutions for European Underpopulation,” National Catholic Register (9–15 July 2006).
[3]. Wetzel, Sexual Wisdom, 273.
[4]. Wetzel, Sexual Wisdom, 274; “The Fizzling Population Bomb,” Zenit news agency, March 13, 2005.
[5]. United Nations Department of Public Information, “World Population Will Increase by 2.5 Billion by 2050; People Over 60 to Increase by More Than 1 Billion,” Press Release 952 (13 March 2007).
[6]. Wilson, Love & Family, 192–193.
[7]. Jacqueline Kasun, “Too Many People?” Envoy, May–June 1998, 34.
[8]. Kasun, “Too Many People?” 36.


Monday, January 26, 2009


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