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(R) I would just like to commend you on the insightful and intellectual depth in
your responses to some very hard (and emotional) questions concerning abortions.
(MB) Thank you! It's difficult to leave emotion out of such questions, but I believe that one must do so if he hopes to have any chance of arriving at the correct answers. Such an approach can leave one open to being considered "cold", but that is still better than to allow the fires of emotion to burn away one's mind.
(R) I am currently an Ethics of Philosophy student at a local college, the first and only ethics class I have ever experience, and loving it. However, I find the subject so deep that I really believe a lifetime to really learn philosophy.
(MB) I'm not sure that one could ever learn it completely. There's always room for new thoughts and new insights into long-considered questions. I feel that this is why the discipline is so engaging. It will never go stale.
(R) I am not a natural logical thinker and highly appreciate the answers you are able to give to your readers, answers with presentation to the other side, I like that! It helps me grow and to become a better person, learning a technique for seeing an issue from two (and many times more) views.
(MB) People have to train themselves to think logically since our first mental experiences and instincts are emotional. It's not easy to set them aside, but it must be done. Logic and the emotions of the lay person are often in conflict. However, the insights gained from logical thinking can also produce emotional satisfaction and inner peace. You just approach them from a different direction. I also think that this approach can provide one with more confidence since the logical person is used to testing and verifying his ideas while the emotional person can never be sure if his nagging doubts are real or not.
(R) The reason I tapped into your website was because I am currently writing a
paper for ethics about the subject of abortion. I have chosen to write this paper from a Utilitarian point of view defending the free choice of abortion. If I am satisfied with my paper, I will be happy to send you a copy. Hopefully my perspective can equally intrigue you, let you see another persons point of view.
(MB) I would look forward to an opportunity to read that paper. If you wished, I would review the draft version, as well. Heck, I might even be convinced to publish it here for others to read and consider.
(R) Keep up the good work and please know that your mind of intelligence and
logical thinking is a welcomed trait.
(MB) Thank you once again. Most of the people who respond to essays such as mine tend to be those who wish to disagree with varying degrees of hostility and righteous outrage. Therefore, it is refreshing to hear from those who agree with something I've said. I know all too well that intellect and logical thinking are not as prevalent as they should be in our society. Any effort to change that is worthwhile!