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Controversial Issues: Our Rights as Humans

Updated on July 11, 2012
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HL Keeley has received a Bachelors degree in middle grade education. She is currently teaching high school.


Being on HubPages, I noticed that controversial issues are the Hubs that gets the most views. Religion, politics, steamy books aka Fifty Shades of Grey. I wrote a Hub reviewing Fifty Shades a few days ago. I have been on HubPages for a little over two weeks now and my Fifty Shades Hubs has 200 views, 150 more views that the other Hubs. I was astonished by the turnout. I knew that the book is a very controversial book. After all, I wrote the Hub because I knew traffic would come to my profile.

So after writing that article, I knew that I should write another controversial article. This put me in a major writer's block because I have my opinions on many controversial debates: abortion, gay marriage, Obama, blah blah blah. The thing with all these debates are they worn out. People debate on this all the time bringing the same arguments to the table. It was just not original enough. So while sitting trying to figure out my next article (that was ready to be published), I thought about controversy. Why is it so popular? Why do humans like to argue? Most importantly, why do we always have to be right?

Is there a right or wrong to these debates? Most likely not, that is why it is so fun to argue. I find these debates not to argue, but present each side. We all have different beliefs, customs, and minds. As humans, we are gifted to form our own ideas and believe what we want to believe. We have the intellect to discern what is "right" and what is "wrong."

Is it "right" to attend church every Sunday? Is it "right" to wake up early? Is it "right" to have a house with children and a loving spouse?

Is it "wrong" to steal from a store? Is it "wrong" to murder someone? Is it "wrong" to kill your unborn child? It is "wrong" to love someone unconditionally that is the same gender and not in your family?


What is Right and Wrong?

How do you define right or wrong?

The most basic of definitions is that doing something right is the correct way of doing things with a positive outcome for many.

While wrong is the incorrect way of doing things with a negative outcome to more than one person.

Yes, these definitions are vague, but that is exactly the point. There is really no way to get more in detail about what is "right" and what is "wrong." There are many common beliefs of what is the "right" thing to do.

For example, if you found money on the street, by society's view the "right" thing to do would be to turn it into the police. The "wrong" thing to do would be to keep it.

It is "right" to help a person in need. It is "right" to have a respectable job.

Depending on the culture, there is a similar view of right and wrong. In America, children under 18 smoking is frowned upon. While in smaller countries, I do not know specifically, there are children at the age of five smoking because that is part of the culture. So which one is right? Let the debate begin.

You could argue that the five year old children are ruining their lungs. This is supported by science. But those children and their elders can argue it is part of their ceremony to please their god. This is supported by their theology. You can say that science would win the argument as most times it does, but unless you actually can change the mind of the person you are debating with, no one wins.


Our Rights as Humans

As free thinking humans, we have the capability to discern what we believe is "right" and what is "wrong." We know that we should not break the law. We know hurting another person is not considered right.

With every action, there are consequences, good and bad.

Just like "right" and "wrong," "good" and "bad" are just as obscure. It all depends on the person.

I know that being an American citizen that I have a voice in my government. With hard work, dedication, help, and a network, I can change laws that I see are not "right." With like minded people, this could happen. Every day there is something new discovered in the world. It does not have to be life altering to everyone, but to one person. Someone finding religion. Someone seeing themselves for how they really look. It is these discoveries that change people.

Yes, it is cool when science finds a weird new species of fish, but I do not really care about that. I care about Jesus and God. I debate with my heart in those debates because I know that they are real. They are just outside of our knowledge like time and space.

But you see, I can debate this. I can debate against abortion and gay marriage because I can. That is our rights as humans. Our rights are the powers to think and express those views. We can change the mind of one person or the whole world.

You only live once. So debate your hearts out if that is what you like to do.

But another right as a human that we should have is respect. Respect the other's opinions. Actually listen to their argument. Put yourself in their shoes. You do not have to change your view, but this person is trying to make you understand their side.

Is it "wrong" to steal from a store?

What if the thief is a 13 year old boy stealing formula for his mother and new baby sister? What if this family has no money and lives in an abandon building? What if the father walked out when presented with a "better" life? Or what if the thief is the father, not the son?

Is it "wrong" to murder someone?

What if the murderer is a victim? What if the person they murdered murdered their husband? What if they murdered someone who was abusing them?

Is it "wrong" to kill your unborn child?

What if the girl cannot support the child? What if the child is causing more damage in the mother's life?

It is "wrong" to love someone unconditionally that is the same gender and not in your family?

How do you fight your emotions? The world is so full of people, so do we really need all these couples to keep the human race going?

So many "what ifs" and more to the story that this makes the "correct" answer impossible. Respect is the only way to have a healthy debate.


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      21 months ago

      I think most of us to include most religious people have gotten this life wrong. We were born with free will and live a very short life. This is purgatory and you will die long before you convince enough people what the purpose is. We judge ourselves as individuals only and the goal is spiritual maturity. When we die we are still infants. What kills us is are inability to see past this World to get to the next. When Earthly agendas supercede are ability to do the right thing regardless of consequence we destroy are future. All things wrong are wrong and forfeit your future. The older I get the more I regret the moments of immaturity where I hurt others. If you read the Bible and asked yourself after each verse how does this effect my personal sanctuary, the sanctuary of my home and the sanctuary of others? You find yourself reading a book quite differently then what others seem to be taking from it. Just as quetionable is how does a World of free will exist to allow everyone sanctuary? Evil will always be evil and bad choices end in bad results. There is a huge difference betweens sins and bad choices. Bad choices are over and done but sins stay with us until we change who we are. Faith is a practice and not a club membership to claim perfection. If you want to make decisions for yourself that refuse to do evil its a tough street. I refused to vote this year because i do believe that if you vote for evil then you are responsible for its consequence. If truth was told and a real plan was presented I would have voted for someone. All I saw was evil and i am certain there is a lot of evil things about to take place. Where are all the good people at? Why does no one have a good plan? We are living in very evil times.

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      Elizabeth Rayen 

      6 years ago from California

      Growing up in a house of religion and being taught that "this was the right religion and no other" then to have your family basically walk away from it one by one was hard for me to understand. What made it so right? Because someone told me it was right? Because it was instilled in me since I could walk? Why did others leave it? Was it now wrong? I think finding God and being in a relationship one on one with him is a marvelous thing, but when the fear of God is placed upon you.." Do this or you will surely go to hell" then the right or wrong way has a great uphill battle to fight. Your hub is excellent. Great point of view! Thumbs up! :) Lisa

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      Judy Specht 

      6 years ago from California

      Splendid argument. At a protests I saw at our state capitol a while ago one side screamed slogans that nobody could understand; the other side carried signs and said nothing. Without the signs we would have had no idea what the protest was about. Listening is indeed key to respect.

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      HL Keeley 

      6 years ago from Charlotte, NC

      @Nikki it is so true...i believe part of the reason it took me so long to find God was because He was forced onto me. During the rebellious teenage years, I wanted to find myself and decide for myself. So I explored everything coming right back to God, choosing Christianity over Catholicism.

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      Nikki Major 

      6 years ago

      debate is very healthy as long as the respect remains in tact.The problem comes when others try to force a belief or practice on the next person. This id where the line should be drawn.

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      6 years ago from Saint Louis, MO

      Great Job! Making choices about what we think and believe and having the ability and right to debate those ideas is what being human is all about. Debating makes life interesting and helps people connect - doing so with respect bridges a gap that brings opposing sides together instead of driving them apart.


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