A Culture Of Life

Written by The Independent Voice

I have a question forrepparttar pro-lifers: if you truly believe that there is no distinction between someone that shoots and kills another human being and an impregnated mother who decides to abort a fetus, then why don't you do something about it? If your child or your neighbor's child was being attacked by a madman that was going to kill, wouldn't you defend that child? Why do you talk about abortion like it is murder and expressrepparttar 132313 belief that nothing separates it from a violent homicidal attack by adults, and yet a majority of you stand by and do nothing?

I have a question forrepparttar 132314 pro-choicers: if you truly believe that abortion comes about because of unwanted pregnancies, what have you done to prevent them? At what point do you think abortion is murder? If you believe that life doesn't begin at conception, where does it begin? Don't you understand that just because you terminate a fetus early doesn't mean thatrepparttar 132315 fetus would not have developed into a life as we know it? If you do have a life that is capable of reaching independence inside you, why do you think that it is "just" your body, after all, no one would live very long without help from others?

Wouldn'trepparttar 132316 both of you agree that we need to promote a "culture of life"? But what does that mean?

I respectfully askrepparttar 132317 Pro-lifers to put themselves inrepparttar 132318 positions of people that are faced with these hard decisions. Think aboutrepparttar 132319 possible circumstances in which your strongly held beliefs might change. Think about a situation where you are a married man and your wife is raped by someone that is HIV infected, or a crack fiend. Do you abort then? O.K. maybe that's an improbable example, but what do you do if your child is impregnated by another family member? Again that's another rare scenario, but these things do happen. Here's one that isn't as rare as you think: your married and your partner becomes pregnant. "Great", you think because that was your goal. The doctor then informs you that if your wife continues withrepparttar 132320 pregnancy she could become severely ill or die. What do you do?

Or a more probable situation is one where 2 teenagers go to a party and get drunk, have sex andrepparttar 132321 girl becomes impregnated because they didn't use protection or used it improperly. The girl can't talk to her parents about it andrepparttar 132322 guy is nowhere to be found. She has plans for college and didn't plan on getting pregnant until after graduation, no less by a guy who was just in it forrepparttar 132323 sex. What would you do?

Does a "culture of life" acceptrepparttar 132324 reality that these things go on allrepparttar 132325 time, and offer real solutions, including birth control, sexual education, and expedited adoption, to combat abortion? To take it a step further, would you be willing to adopt an "unwanted" child, educate children about sex and financially support those that cannot provide for themselves? What should berepparttar 132326 government's responsibility if they tell citizens that all unwanted pregnancies legally cannot be aborted?

Collective Narcissism - Narcissism, Culture, and Society

Written by Sam Vaknin

In their book "Personality Disorders in Modern Life", Theodore Millon and Roger Davis state, as a matter of fact, that pathological narcissism wasrepparttar preserve of "the royal andrepparttar 132312 wealthy" and that it "seems to have gained prominence only inrepparttar 132313 late twentieth century". Narcissism, according to them, may be associated with "higher levels of Maslow's hierarchy of needs ... Individuals in less advantaged nations .. are too busy trying (to survive) ... to be arrogant and grandiose".

They - like Lasch before them - attribute pathological narcissism to "a society that stresses individualism and self-gratification atrepparttar 132314 expense of community, namelyrepparttar 132315 United States." They assert thatrepparttar 132316 disorder is more prevalent among certain professions with "star power" or respect. "In an individualistic culture,repparttar 132317 narcissist is 'God's gift torepparttar 132318 world'. In a collectivist society,repparttar 132319 narcissist is 'God's gift torepparttar 132320 collective'".

Millon quotes Warren and Caponi's "The Role of Culture inrepparttar 132321 Development of Narcissistic Personality Disorders in America, Japan and Denmark":

"Individualistic narcissistic structures of self-regard (in individualistic societies) ... are rather self-contained and independent ... (In collectivist cultures) narcissistic configurations ofrepparttar 132322 we-self ... denote self-esteem derived from strong identification withrepparttar 132323 reputation and honor ofrepparttar 132324 family, groups, and others in hierarchical relationships."

Having lived inrepparttar 132325 last 20 years 12 countries in 4 continents - fromrepparttar 132326 impoverished torepparttar 132327 affluent, with individualistic and collectivist societies - I know that Millon and Davis are wrong. Theirs is, indeed,repparttar 132328 quintessential American point of view which lacks an intimate knowledge of other parts ofrepparttar 132329 world. Millon even wrongly claims thatrepparttar 132330 DSM's international equivalent,repparttar 132331 ICD, does not includerepparttar 132332 narcissistic personality disorder (it does).

Pathological narcissism is a ubiquitous phenomenon because every human being - regardless ofrepparttar 132333 nature of his society and culture - develops healthy narcissism early in life. Healthy narcissism is rendered pathological by abuse - and abuse, alas, is a universal human behavior. By "abuse" we mean any refusal to acknowledgerepparttar 132334 emerging boundaries ofrepparttar 132335 individual - smothering, doting, and excessive expectations - are as abusive as beating and incest.

There are malignant narcissists among subsistence farmers in Africa, nomads inrepparttar 132336 Sinai desert, day laborers in east Europe, and intellectuals and socialites in Manhattan. Malignant narcissism is all-pervasive and independent of culture and society.

It is true, though, thatrepparttar 132337 WAY pathological narcissism manifests and is experienced is dependent onrepparttar 132338 particulars of societies and cultures. In some cultures, it is encouraged, in others suppressed. In some societies it is channeled against minorities - in others it is tainted with paranoia. In collectivist societies, it may be projected ontorepparttar 132339 collective, in individualistic societies, it is an individual's trait.

Yet, can families, organizations, ethnic groups, churches, and even whole nations be safely described as "narcissistic" or "pathologically self-absorbed"? Wouldn't such generalizations be a trifle racist and more than a trifle wrong? The answer is: it depends.

Human collectives - states, firms, households, institutions, political parties, cliques, bands - acquire a life and a character all their own. The longerrepparttar 132340 association or affiliation ofrepparttar 132341 members,repparttar 132342 more cohesive and conformistrepparttar 132343 inner dynamics ofrepparttar 132344 group,repparttar 132345 more persecutory or numerous its enemies,repparttar 132346 more intensiverepparttar 132347 physical and emotional experiences ofrepparttar 132348 individuals it is comprised of,repparttar 132349 strongerrepparttar 132350 bonds of locale, language, and history -repparttar 132351 more rigorous might an assertion of a common pathology be.

Such an all-pervasive and extensive pathology manifests itself inrepparttar 132352 behavior of each and every member. It is a defining - though often implicit or underlying - mental structure. It has explanatory and predictive powers. It is recurrent and invariable - a pattern of conduct melded with distorted cognition and stunted emotions. And it is often vehemently denied.

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