As much as I like some of the positions of the Catholic church (acceptance of evolution, global warming, etc.), it is beyond ridiculous that the Vatican continues to stick to the outdated concept of opposing birth control. With the world population at dangerously high levels that leads to all sorts of problems including poverty, infant mortality, malnutrition, crime, etc., the Catholics lose all credibility when they oppose birth control even when almost all Catholics themselves use birth control. If the Catholics believe that having more births to Catholics is the fastest and easiest way to grow their religion, then in the process they will be destroying the planet.
According to The Times, “About half of all pregnancies in the United States are unplanned, and about 4 of 10 of those end in abortion, according to the Institute of Medicine report, which was released in July. It noted that providing birth control could lower both pregnancy and abortion rates. It also cited studies showing that women with unintended pregnancies are more likely to be depressed and to smoke, drink and delay or skip prenatal care, potentially harming fetuses and putting babies at increased risk of being born prematurely and having low birth weight.”
What other evidence is needed to convince them? Isn’t this data not enough to pursue them to give up their opposition because getting pregnant only when you really want to is not just good for the parents, the child, the family, but also for the society? Isn’t the ultimate goal prevention of abortion rather than having a bunch of unwanted babies who will most likely never go to a Catholic church and will most likely become losers?
I am prompted to write this because a lot of my friends and family members are unhappy and this research caught my eyes. I realized that all of them are heavy users of electronic gadgets and spend way too much time on them (they clutch their smart phones all the time and keep looking at the screen as if they are just about to hear that they have won the lottery). It does not sound unusual because that is what everyone seems to be doing these days anyway, including texting during a sermon.
Now let me clarify, I am no Luddite or technophobe. Actually, I make a living working online with technology all day. I do not know if that is the reason, but:
I stay away from Facebook, except for using it as a business tool.
My biggest time waster online is streaming Trance music on my personal computer when I work but I like to think that it enhances my productivity.
I have a mobile phone that I turn on only outside my house and the number is known to only a handful of people, but still I rarely answer it while driving, which is a great time for listening to NPR.
As much as I would like to think that I am important, I know the reality: I am not. Almost all phone calls, text messages, and emails can wait.
A vacation for me is a great time to disconnect and my phone does not work overseas. I tell everyone who might call me to send me an email instead.
I have a tablet that I use to listen to music while traveling or to catch up on the news and to keep a tab on my business.
The research that I mentioned above has concluded that “…those who say they spend considerable amounts of time using multimedia describe themselves in ways that suggest they are less happy and less socially comfortable than peers who say they spend less time on screens.” Ladies and gentlemen, as cool as you might think you are just because you can buy hardware and then pretend that your life depends on it, the sad reality is that you are just another ordinary human being in the grand scheme of things. Not too long ago, people did just fine without cell phones. So if you want to be happy, borrow some ideas from me.