Archive for Tuesday, April 13, 1999


April 13, 1999


Some issues are doomed to be debated over and over without any suitable solution resulting.

The recent long-running local debate on the conflicts over the theories about creationism and evolution of the human species tends to reiterate what a number of wise observers long ago concluded:

Nothing really new has been offered about creationism-evolution, abortion and gun control for at least 25 years. And chances are nothing of a revolutionary nature will emerge in the next 25.

Time and again, the same bromidic arguments are offered by the same individuals and groups when these subjects arise. For the most part, nothing is settled, nobody changes his or her mind; then the matter slowly fades into the background for a little while -- only to be revived when new people encounter the philosophical conflicts and decide to pontificate. Many are sincere in their stances, while others use these occasions to get attention and exercise rhetorical skills.

Truth is, all these issues are personal ones, which should be decided by individuals, families and those most deeply affected. The trouble is, governmental agencies and funds have been drawn into the scenarios and this opens the door for all sorts of legalistic approaches centering on such matters as conflicts of interest, separation of church and state and how all of them can co-exist to the greatest satisfaction of the largest number of people.

Prayer in school is another matter that now and then is battered into verbal perpetuity, but at least there are firmer guidelines in this category. The other three matters have all sorts of grays between the black and whites and these encompass vastly and numerous different views. Again, when local, state or federal control factors are tossed into the mix, there is no hope of a solid solution.

Sometimes it seems various advocates of the divergent philosophies keep longstanding files with predictable handouts to unveil come debate time. It's all been heard so many times in so many ways, that it doesn't take long for boredom to set in.

But that is the nature of life in the free world, where speech is designed to be open and frank -- even if nobody else is convinced to change a thing.

Too often, such "involvement" is an easy avenue for somebody to express social concern without having to make any personal deposit of self or money for a solution.

Commenting has been disabled for this item.