Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Woo-Hoo! Phillies in the World Series!!

First time since 1993...here's hoping they win it all!

Sunday, October 12, 2008

More random thoughts...

It has been a little while since I last wrote, and for those of you just aching for updates on my life, I offer my sincerest apologies. Grief really took over after I lost my iPod, so it was hard to want to write anything for a bit. OK, so I wasn't that broken up about it. I replaced it about two or three days later with a new sleek black iPod classic, and it's been fantastic. The universe has shifted back to normalcy.

So, there's been a lot of little things going on in the last few weeks I thought I'd give my two cents about...first would be the return of the Phillies to the NLCS for the first time in 15 years. I'd be thrilled if they'd make it back to the World Series (although they now stand up only 2-1 over the Dodgers after this evening's bloodbath). I have fond memories of my dad taking Jeff and me to Veteran's Stadium one night to go to one of the Series' games the Phillies were playing against the Blue Jays back in 1993, and of paying a scalper a good deal of cash to get us into the game. That was a great game, too...the only thing that beats getting to a Series game is probably making it to the Super Bowl (which I haven't done) or to the Olympics...luckily, thanks to Salt Lake's hosting of the Winter Olympics six years ago, I was able to go to a couple of events, which was just incredible. My LA-based cousins are die-hard Dodgers fans, though, so this will continue to be an interesting series, to say the least...

So, the economy is tanking. Thank heavens I'm in a good job with a company that is experiencing record sales this year. Makes me feel badly for those people that are struggling, though. I'm pretty optomistic that this will all turn around; how long it will take, though, I'm not sure of. Things always seem to improve after a presidential election, though...I would think regardless of who wins the election, any change from the current administration's failures would be a good thing.

Oh, and since I'm on the subject of politics, I've been watching with a little bit of interest as the LDS Church has come out with a push to pass Proposition 8 in California, which would make homosexual marriage unconstitional in the state. A lot of people, LDS members included, have been upset that the Church has gone to such lengths to enter the fray in what people have deemed to be a bad thing for the Church. After all, they reason, the Church can teach what it wants, but shouldn't try to influence politics.

I'll have to admit, I think my past experiences have made me a little more sympathetic on this point than I would be otherwise. After all, I went to law school in Portland, where LDS members were a distinct minority, and it seemed like everyone, professors included, shared a very liberal political view that contrasted sharply with my thoughts and feelings. I will say that I had my eyes opened and became a lot more understanding of liberal thoughts and views than I ever had been before. I think law school teaches you to see both sides of an issue, and I can only imagine the unfairness that homosexuals must feel when they're denied a marriage license. Having said that, however, and especially in light of the progress that many governments (including Salt Lake City's, for instance) have made towards granting homosexual couples domestic rights that attempt to equalize the playing field in such areas as insurance benefits and other individual rights, I still don't believe changing the definition of marriage to fit anything other than one man and one woman would be a step in the right direction.

I'm well aware of those who say that "if you don't believe in it, don't do it" think that solves the problem, but it's more than that to me. I regard my marriage as sacred, honestly. I come from the school of thought where marriage is a divine institution. I don't expect those who don't have a religious background, or those who have a religious background different from mine, to understand that completely. It's like defending my choice of religion. I can't possibly expect someone else to understand the spiritual impressions and feelings I've had in my life that define my religious philosophy, although I can speak about those feelings from the bottom of my heart. I'm not so blind that way. But, it does form the basis for my view that marriage should be restricted. Sure, marriage is not regarded nearly as sacrosanct as it used to be now, with the majority of marriages ending in divorce. But, to me, it is still sacred, and what's wrong with wanting to maintain an ideal, even if it's no longer realistic? It's real to me. Governments, in my humble opinion, are instituted to dictate morality. What's a criminal code for, after all? Even though people still murder, we're not going to abolish all homicide laws, are we? Same thing with marriage, for me. If you trivialize the ideal, well, you're going to have to accept what happens. I'm not saying society as we know it will fall apart, but anytime you change society's expectations from a high level, you're going to have an effect, and that effect will be inevitable in time. That may not mean much, especially to anybody that feels passionately about the issue in the opposite way that I do, but hey, everyone's entitled to an opinion, and that's mine. The Church has every right and obligation to stand up for what they believe is right. Some people may just blindly follow along, because it's the Church, and they "have" to obey. What's better is to gain an insight into why the Church feels the way it does, examine your own feelings, and then to act. And, in examining my feelings and my beliefs, there's no alternative for me: we need to keep marriage as it's currently defined. Let's not be prejudiced and unfair to those of other sexual orientations, and let's try to show love and compassion where we can, but no one ever has to change their deeply-held beliefs just because it's not the popular thing to do. What was America based on, anyway? Just because those opposed have loud voices, does not mean we have to bite our tongues.

Sorry to be political. You won't see it much from me. But, I just wanted to get that off my chest. Three years in Portland being in the political minority and getting blasted for my beliefs does make me want to stand up for myself every once in a while, even if it's admittedly in a safer environment!!