Nidoking (nidoking) wrote,

Controversial questions

Taken from miintikwa, these are the questions nobody ever asks me because they know they'll hate the answers.

[01] Do you have the guts to answer these questions and re-post as The Controversial Survey?
No. Those who know me know I don't have the guts to do anything, even if I want to.

[02] Would you do meth if it was legalized?
Duuuuuuuuuuuh, no. See, unlike many people, I HAVE a brain, and it works. I'd like to keep it that way.

[03] Abortion: for or against it?
I wouldn't have one myself, largely because I'm ineligible, but I think women who want them should be able to have them. It's no more a murder than using birth control, including condoms, or ovulating without having sex. In fact, given the huge number of sperm that COULD potentially have mated with that egg, I think every woman's period should be considered genocide. I hope you're happy, ladies. While you get to be bitchy about your bleeding, an entire subspecies has failed to exist, as if millions of baby voices cried out at once and then were silenced, but without the crying.

[04] Do you think the world would fail with a female president?
The world's probably going to fail no matter who's president. Having a woman president would just give some people one more character trait to criticize. Did you know that this woman commits genocide once a month?

[05] Do you believe in the death penalty?
It certainly exists. I can't imagine anyone denying that. However, if the question is whether I think it's the right way to punish some people... I have to disagree with Penn & Teller and say I believe it is, in some cases. I'm not sure our current justice system is up to the task of determining which cases those are, however.

[06] Do you wish marijuana would be legalized already?
Definitely, and not just for medicinal purposes. Let's follow the precedent of cigarettes and alcohol and criminalize the actions of a person under the influence, adding their drug use to the list of charges, rather than banning substances that in themselves are no more harmful than watching reality TV.

[07] Are you for or against premarital sex?
It's a matter of personal freedom. Granted, unmarried people are probably less likely to be in a good situation for childraising, but it's not impossible. See my answers to questions 3 and 9. Further, as has been pointed out to me, people who get married are often committing themselves to one sexual partner for the rest of their lives. Shouldn't they make sure they're getting a partner they can enjoy? Anyone who thinks premarital sex is wrong is forbidden to test drive a car or see the inside of a house before making their down payment ever again. And no renting video games before buying them, although I don't think those people play video games anyway.

[08] Do you believe in God?
In the same sense as I "believe in" the death penalty? No. I used to, but the Bible led me to conclude otherwise. People know how to sell that stuff to kids, but the book itself proves to me that at least the God it describes, the specific YHWH Elohim or whatever, cannot possibly have created the universe as described and done the things attributed to Him. I wouldn't mind the general belief in a god so much, but everyone insists that THEIR god is the One True God, and that just can't be good. So am I saying that I think faith in a god is a bad thing? Yes, yes I am. So on the small scale, it leads some people to do things that are considered good. Some of those things are even considered good outside the scope of that person's religion. However, I'd be worried about anyone who can only do those good things because they believe that God is watching them and will smite them if they're bad, but reward them if they're good. I think you can agree that a person who depends on an outside source for their morality must have either no morality of their own or a flawed personal morality which they believe can be improved upon, but won't do it themselves. Even Christians believe, fundamentally, that they're immoral, and it's only the sacrifice of Christ that absolves them of the guilt in the end. Meanwhile, I'm an Atheist and happen to think my morals are okay. They're MY morals, from no source other than me wanting to do what's right and good. Granted, the rest of these answers might seem to disagree with that. However, I think any self-proclaimed immoral people who say so are throwing stones from a glass house. On a cliff.

[09] Do you think same sex marriage should be legalized?
Even better. I think opposite sex marriage should be un-legalized. The government shouldn't be dealing in marriages in any way. I think the government should offer some sort of resource-sharing program, like a "civil union", which is totally separate from the marriages performed in churches. I'd be happy to accept a grandfathering of existing marriages to civil unions, a universal or nearly universal acceptance of church marriage as a sufficient condition to establish a civil union (but not a necessary one!), and most importantly, a concept of civil union without a marriage. That way, the religious can have their sanctity of marriage, the homosexuals can have the same partnership benefits as everyone else, and everybody but me will hate the idea because it's too sensible for modern American society.

[10] Do you think it's wrong that so many Hispanics are illegally moving to the USA?
Well, it's illegal. That says it all right there, I think. Granted, I'm in a career field where unskilled immigrant labor isn't hurting the job market. In my field, it's outsourcing that's the problem, and immigration isn't even an issue there. Those people would LOSE their jobs if they came to America because they'd have to be paid more. Still, I don't think illegal immigration is good for this country, but what are we supposed to do about it? It's already illegal.

[11] A twelve year old girl has a baby, should she keep it?
Does she have the means to raise it? Is she even producing milk? I can't imagine it would be good for either of them.

[12] Should the alcohol age be lowered to eighteen?
I think we should establish some sort of practical skills test to assess whether an individual is responsible enough to drink alcohol. The same goes for driving - having arbitrary limits based on how far a planet has moved around a star makes no sense whatsoever. It's whether the person is capable of performing the act safely, without endangering anyone more than is reasonable, that matters.

[13] Should the war in Iraq be called off?
What are we even still DOING there? Couldn't we put the troops just about anywhere and have them fired at just as much? What is this war accomplishing, if anything? What will happen if we just leave, and will that really be such a bad thing?

[14] Assisted suicide is illegal: do you agree?
Well, yeah. It's in the law books. But do I think it's RIGHT that it's illegal? Not really. I think that as long as someone has discharged all of their debts and wants to die, we as Americans have a duty to make it possible. Disagree with me? We have laws that hold businesses responsible for ensuring that people with disabilities can use their services as well as people without disabilities. Non-disabled people can kill themselves quite easily in a variety of ways, and they don't even have to fill out applications! The patrons of assisted suicide are disabled in some way that prevents them from enjoying their choice of death methods. Why are we not helping them achieve fulfillment?

[15] Do you believe in spanking your children?
Also completely impossible. If I had children, though, I might do it. It would depend on the offense and the situation. Causing physical pain to someone might be grounds for a physical punishment. Anything else would probably require alternative methods. I won't begrudge any other parent their right to spank a child, though. I think every child responds to a different type of punishment, if any at all - whatever it is, that's what's needed.

[16] Would you burn an American flag for a million dollars?
Heck, give me a flag, a source of fire, and a safe, fireproof container to do it in, and keep your money. I'd love the opportunity to protest our stupid practice of holding symbols sacred while trampling on the things they represent. A flag is a piece of colored cloth. It's not freedom, or opportunity, or justice, or love. It's fabric and dye. I'm not any less free if I burn it... but I'm a little more free if I CAN.

[17] Who do you think would make a better president? McCain or Obama?
Is there really such a thing as a better president? See my answer to question 4. But politics aside (and they probably should be), the President doesn't really DO much but make speeches and make decisions that are mainly advisory. I think Barack Obama's charisma makes him the ideal candidate for the speech part, and as for decision-making... McCain's choice of Sarah Palin as his running mate has led me to conclude that even HE doesn't want himself to win.

[18] Are you afraid others will judge you from reading some of your answers?
No. I know they will, and that's right and proper.
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