Opinion and Choice

What makes life colorful? Where does creativity come from? What makes one unique?

Is it not your opinion and choices on life?

I love meeting new people even those that opinions differ then mine. This makes moving an adventure and exciting even in the midst of instability. I paint my world with friends and family. The benefit is that they don’t all agree with me and don’t choose they same things as me. And it is beautiful.

But I feel our society is slowing pushing for the differing of opinions to cease. I can see it in the younger generations. I can see it in simple things like the “mommy wars”. Whatever happened to agreeing to disagree but we still be friends. When did we start calling differing opinions in motherhood “mommy wars”?

Why must my choice reflect negatively on you? Since I chose to have my son in a birth center with midwifes free of any drugs this doesn’t make you are wrong for having a schedule csection or a inducement or even getting a epidural. The beauty is the freedom to do what is best for your family.

The choices in motherhood are endless. There is breastfeeding vs formula, cosleeping vs crib, babyled weaning vs purees, carseat choices, stroller choices, discipline, items in the crib or not, vaccines, healthcare, and the list goes on and on. The beauty is that no one family is alike.

Therefore there really isn’t any basis in the “mommy wars”. There beauty in each choices. The beauty is a healthy child and healthy mother. The beauty is the personalities that our individual choices make.

I can see  differing choices being put down in news stories that I hear on my husband’s podcast and see on internet. We are in the middle of campaign season for the next President of the United States which should mean freedom of opinion and choice. We have a wide variety of candidates campaigning in both parties. This gives each individual the right to choose who to support and freedom to voice that opinion.

I find it amazing that on my facebook I believe I have at least one friend that supports each of the current candidates in the race. This creates quite a colorful array of opinions and voices on my screen. I embrace the diversity of opinions in my friends. So I was shocked to hear the following story and I don’t think it is an isolated group.

Apparently someone wrote Trump 2016 in chalk around Emory University this past week just supporting their choice for president. Then 40-50 students at Emory University protested to the administration saying they were pain and fearful due to the chalk for Trump. Some articles states that a student was in tears over the chalk.

The president of Emory University responded in the following statement, “After meeting with our students, I cannot dismiss their expression of feelings and concern as motivated only by political preference or over-sensitivity. Instead, the students with whom I spoke heard a message, not about political process or candidate choice, but instead about values regarding diversity and respect that clash with Emory’s own.”

How can you read anything but political preference in the chalk? There wasn’t hate speech written and there wasn’t any signs of aggression against any students. Why were the students fearful because someone was supporting Trump. I feel like it is because the younger generation wants everyone to agree with them and be like them. That makes for a boring life.

My mind just started going with the thought of having a world where everyone acted, looked, and thought the same. And it wouldn’t be colorful because all the houses should be the same, everyone should wear the same color. It wouldn’t be creative because we won’t need different models of cars or different furniture for our houses. Life wouldn’t be colorful, fun, or exciting.

I do hope that the students on Emory University learn to embrace all diversity including opinion and choice. I don’t want to live in a world where we are think, act, and live like one another. I want the freedom to mother how I feel it is best and to be around others who differ from me. I want to learn from others that think and live differently. I want the beauty of opinions and choices in my world. I may not agree with them but I was given freedom and it is a beautiful gift.




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