This Isn’t Kansas Anymore
By Bernadette A. Moyer
We grew up believing that being gay or a lesbian was wrong and that having an abortion meant the fast track to hell and smoking pot was risky business unless of course you didn’t mind going to jail. In today’s world many of the belief’s we grew up with are now acceptable and even legal.
What strikes me is that all of these things that were once viewed as so very wrong are now accepted by many, and yet we don’t seem to be more embracing, less critical or more loving. You can take a stand for one idea or one group of people and declare your view, and just one price "social media unfriending.”
How is it possible that so much is becoming legal and the “norm” in our society and yet we have such venom toward anyone that doesn’t believe, think, act or live exactly like we do?
It is a different time, a different world, so much has changed. I am not a lesbian, but if I was, I wouldn’t want to have to hide who I was or feel badly about it. I don’t believe in abortion as a means of birth control. I personally know many women who made this choice only to later regret it. Smoking pot was everywhere when I was growing up. I was that kid that had friends in all the different groups. I knew the brainy kids, the artistic ones, the jocks, the get-along group, and the rebels and yes the pot smokers too.
I was friends with most people, because I didn’t judge them, if they weren’t hurting anyone I didn’t see the harm. In being a classic Libra, I have that ability to see both sides of most any issue. It isn’t my style to pick a side and alienate so many people. Yet many times I have found myself as a classic “lightening rod” and for the most part as a result of speaking the truth and my own personal views.
Most people want to live in their truth, they want to live openly gay if that is who they are, they want to have the choice to abort, if they feel that the pregnancy isn’t right for them. And pot smoking, quite frankly it seems to me that if drinking alcohol is legal, why not marijuana? Both are mind altering, what makes one more acceptable than the other? We have “medicinal marijuana” and a few states that have voted to legalize marijuana yet our Federal government has not changed its laws.
My grandparents generation would probably say, “we are going to hell in a handbasket” with this society and our changing views on marriage for same sex couples, legalized and medically funded abortions and legalizing marijuana.
Me personally, I could do without all these, I don’t need a same sex marriage, or an abortion or to smoke pot but what about the people who need and want them? Do I have the right to tell them what is right and what is best for them?
The only thing I know for certain is that our world is ever-changing, many things that were once viewed as totally wrong and illegal are now socially acceptable and legal. People like me who grew up in a small town with Christian values aren’t easily embracing these changes. Yet they are here and in our society. This isn’t Kansas anymore …