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Points to Ponder

Updated on September 13, 2016

There are some hard questions in life and some of them have no easy or good answers. I like to use this hub to pose some of them for your consideration. Sometimes, by asking the tough questions, it can help us put our values and beliefs in order.

-Aug. 2015

Some questions to ponder...

  • Suppose you find yourselve in a position where you have a choice of saving from drowning either your favorite pet dog or a stranger human being. Which would you choose?
  • Is an 8 month fetus in a woman's womb a living creature?

    If someone punches that woman's stomach causing the death or abortion of the fetus, is that a crime? what charges should he face? what should his penalty be?

  • If good and evil is a religious concept then is there a concept of "evil" in the mind of an Atheist? What would an Atheist called someone like Hitler?
  • What is the criteria for limitimg free speech? We all know yelling "Fire" in a crowded theater is against the law. What should decide whether someone's first amendment rights to free speech should be curtailed? Is there a litmus test?
  • What is hate crime? Can you punish someone for thinking a certain way or only when he acts on that thought?
  • Illegal immigration has been in the forefront of the news lately. If some people claims that illegal immigration is good for America, why not have an open door policy? If 12 Million illegals is good, why not 100 Million? Is there a limit to this number?
  • If evolution theory explains all the life we see today, how do you explain homosexuality? Isn't survival of the fittest would necessarily kill off all gay people long ago? They won't reproduce to propagate the species.
  • A recent news report cites that cell phone usage may have caused the destruction of the bees population. As you know, the bees are beneficial to mankind by helping to pollinate many of our crops. The delemma is this - how far are we willing to go to save the bees? Are you willing to give up your cell phone?


Somethings in life have no good answers. Maybe that's OK. We don't have all the answers and perhaps that is by design. Life would be boring if everything is known and predictable.

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    • jackclee lm profile image

      Jack Lee 2 years ago from Yorktown NY

      Svelana, I hope that is not the case. 1984 scares the heck out of me. Thanks for checking in.

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      Lana ZK 2 years ago from California

      I like your curiosity Jack! And pay no mind to bradmaster. Concerning your question on the nature of a hate crime - it's interesting that in the novel "1984" there is a category of crime called "thought crime," so maybe this is what the future holds...

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      bradmasterOCcal 2 years ago from Orange County California

      jackclee lm

      I bet you thought that was a cleaver comment on your part.

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      Jack Lee 2 years ago from Yorktown NY

      brad - thanks for checking in. You seems to have all the answers.

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      bradmasterOCcal 2 years ago from Orange County California

      1. Any fetus in the third trimester is a human being, and it most likely could survive if taken out at that time.

      2.. Good and Evil is not religious, it is human nature.

      3. Free speech is being chilled by Political Correctness, and cries of Racism. This can create rage, and violence from those that are making the cries. This threat of violence makes it closer to yelling fire in a crowded place when none exits. PC and Racism are artificially created for the benefit of those that assert it.

      4. Hate crimes are another modern day artificial device. As long as an act is intentional it shouldn't matter what was the motivation of the attacker. It is also another element of a crime that the state has to prove and that could give the plaintiff and out.

      5. Illegal immigration is just that illegal. It is also discriminating against the immigrants that are going through the legal process only to be denied, while the illegals get de facto US Citizenship.

      6. Homosexuality in humans survives because humans don't live by the survival of the fittest. They allow genetic defects to propagate. And bisexuals can be the mechanism on how gays don't die off.

      6. Forget the bees, what is the potential harm to us from cell phones, and other numerous radio waves in our atmosphere.

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      Margaret Schaut 11 years ago from Detroit

      Great questions and there are plenty more to ponder. Unfortunately not everyone is a thinker, nor committed to explore the sides of issues that may require true self-discipline.