1. My parents were originally going to call me Darlene. Then they changed their minds and named me something that 'couldn't be shortened.' Misguided though their idea was, I'm really glad they did.
2. I have a tested IQ of 149. My ex husband was threatened by this. He used to call me his personal dictionary, then attempt to make me look stupid in front of his friends.
3. My first crush was Kevin Brophy from Lucan. I was 7. It was the red eyes and snarly sneer that did it for me.
4. I like my eggs hard. It's chicken placenta, people. If I'm going to eat it, it's going to be cooked.
5. I come from a long line of blacksmiths. They were all called John. The women in my family had names like Lavinia. They lived in Stillington for 300 years, then moved 10 miles to Dunnington, just outside York, for the next 100. My Dad was the first branch of the family to leave Yorkshire.
6. I have been neither christened nor baptised. My parents believed that I should be allowed to choose my religion when I was old enough to decide for myself, and unlike a lot of parents, actually backed this belief with action.
7. My blood type is O Positive. See, I'm not really special at all.
No, I'm not going to nominate anyone and demand that they do this. If you want to, go right ahead. I'm interested.
I am coming to realise why it is that the seeming complete lack of logic and rationality in the BZP debate is happening. Because - thank you xhile for pointing this out - this is not a debate about facts. It's a debate about opinions. Opinions based on philosophy or moral judgement.
Basically, some people think that taking drugs to alter one's mental outlook is ok. Other people think it's immoral. And all the arguments in the world based on logic will not alter these perceptions.
So, I have a couple of questions for the people who read this - people that I consider to be smart and open minded. Yes, I'm aware that I'm struggling for perspective on this issue because I feel so strongly about it. But yes - questions.
1. Can someone please explain to me using logic, or philosophy (ie not 'it is because it is' type arguments) - exactly why altering one's mental state using chemicals could be considered to be immoral? I'm not wanting to argue this, I'm wanting to see if there is a logical argument for this viewpoint, and what that argument is.
2. If I am discussing this issue with people who take the viewpoint that drugs are immoral and therefore bad, what sort of line can I take to avoid them dismissing my perspective as one that is immoral and bad and therefore irrelevant?
Finally, from allyn - another indicator as to why this bugs me so much. Basically, the people in parliament are paid to represent me. And I don't feel represented by the people in parliament.
Food for thought..
OK bizarre coincidence du jour. I did that "Go to the 42nd entry in your blog ever" meme - you know, the one that supposedly shows you the meaning of your life? How's this for currently relevant?