"On the other hand...." And so goes the dialogue that Tevya has with himself throughout the play Fiddler on the Roof.
I can relate.
I interviewed with a wonderful company this week. As a brand, they do everything the right way: they have an overarching and meaningful mission; their product is crafted with that same mission-critical belief plus fresh, holistic ingredients (non-GMO, too); and they are both Fair-Trade Certified and a certified B-Corp. On top of all that goodness, they make a point of giving back to the community.
The fact is, if every company around the globe followed suit tomorrow, seven billion people would live palpably better lives in short order.
I should have waltzed out of the interview with a smile. Instead, I exited the doorway the same way I entered ... without the gig. As the interview wound down, the CEO asked if I had any questions. Just one I said: one of the non-profits that the company donates to is a women's health clinic. Education is the main thrust of the clinic's mission, but another facet is providing a safe, private environment to obtain an abortion.
On the one hand, every human being is born with free will: the right to decide what's best for oneself. On the other hand, it's hard for me to agree with many choices that I see people make:
* the NRA's chest-pounding about the right to bear arms unequivocally and without restrictions ... no matter how sophisticated weapons advance beyond single-load-musket tech
* the majority of Republicans in Congress who obstinately continue to discount the science of climate change
* the practice of texting and driving which, as a cyclist, I see on an almost daily basis
The choice to have an abortion falls into this category for me, as complex an issue as it is.
I enjoy life. Sometimes it's tough, sometimes it's magical beyond words, sometimes it's a helping of each within a single conversation.... As a part of the earth's ecosystem, I believe that all living things have an inalienable and inherent right to their place here; all of nature has rights.
If I experience life, yet I knowingly inhibit its natural progression, am I not in conflict with the essence of my existence?
On the one hand, 6,999,999,999 people on this planet are endowed with God-given human rights. On the other hand, I am too.