Recently I read an article concerning a situation where a mother wants to use alternative treatments for her 13 year old son who is a cancer victim. At this time the mother has defied a court order and has taken her son to whereabouts unknown. Although this subject is one to spark many comments and opinions, I found that the writer of that article didn’t seem to find any value in any opposing points of view.
Of course the above subject is a very difficult one to approach but when a writer elects to take on a subject of this nature, it is my opinion that the writer has an obligation to show respect for the viewpoints of others even if they are completely at odds with the writer’s personal opinion. Sad to say, however, many writers are unable to do this because they get caught up so deeply in their own beliefs.
Now…so we don’t start using rediculously extreme examples, I wish to say that it’s pretty much a sure thing that noone is going to respect the opinion of an ax murderer who believes that it’s just fine to chop up another human being! Or that of a cult leader who created his own religion and now sodomizes the young girls…or boys…in his ‘congregation’!
I also do not believe in using extreme examples such as the naming of relatively unknown-to-the-public psychiatric disorders in order to prove that some parents do not care about the health and wellbeing of their own children!
When you use an example that most people may not have heard of or may be unclear about, it seems as though that writer cares more about trying to sound knowledgeable and important than in what the readers are understanding. For example, what person wants to stop reading in order to check out something called the Munchausen Syndrome By Proxy?
Now be honest…how many of you have actually heard of the Munchausen Syndrome By Proxy before now? If I told you that the Munchausen Syndrome By Proxy helps to prove that many parents do not care about the health and wellbeing of their children, would this statement sound a bit impressive? Would I sound as though I very well might know what I’m talking about? If I told you I was a nurse, would this make me sound even more like an authority on the subject…or at least more of an authority than you?
Well, first of all, the Munchausen Syndrome By Proxy was an extreme example given by the article’s writer in order to show that many parents don’t care about their children! ( I, myself, would have just picked up the newspaper…)
Also, this uncommon psychiatric disorder isn’t even a factor in the above Cancer case! For those of you who are not familiar with the Munchausen Syndrome By Proxy, this is a situation whereby a ‘Caregiver’ gives the ‘patient’ drugs, poisons, etc, in order to create symptoms of illness! While hospitalized, the ‘patient’ will improve but, after returning home, will become ’sick’ again. This is a very difficult psychiatric disorder to diagnose and to treat! Of course this is just a short description of a very indepth psychosis, but suffice it to say that this disorder was an extreme…and poor…example of uncaring parenthood.
With so many everyday examples of children not being cared for by their parents, it seems to make more sense to simply use examples that the majority of readers can instantly relate to. Unless, of course, there’s a deeper, personal need to go to the extreme…
The article’s writer seemed to be a little ’stuck’ on the idea that the law is the law and that there are no gray areas for interpretation. However, I have yet to see that Master Computer that has been fed all our laws and will now decide every case that comes before it…no gray areas, no interpretations! A One-Size-Fits-All legal system!
Now for a quiz; does anyone know why one attorney is considered ‘good’ while another is considered to be ‘excellent’? The answer is; by winning the cases that are presented to the jury or judge! (excluding, of course, politicians, judges, and other high officials who frequently act as though they are above the law…Okay–who said “Bush”?) If Attorney A finds three laws that can help convict but Attorney B finds two more which can contradict the first three…and Attorney B gives a more pursuasive interpretation to the jury or judge, guess who’s going to win!
Whether this mom is right or wrong, many people believe that her actions are wrong, and that her son will die unless he receives the necessary medical treatment. They believe she is hiding behind Religion, and that her actions prove that she doesn’t care about her son!
Then, again, many people believe that her actions are correct, legal, and withen her rights as a parent to try and make the best decisions for her son without government interference…that there is no guarantee that her son will live if given chemotherapy!
If a writer is going to write about a controversial situation such as the one above, that writer, in my opinion, needs to act as a professional. Report the facts…listen to what others are saying…and then thank everyone for their support and input.
But don’t try and make an opposing commentator feel as though his or her view is not as valid as yours…or that it is naive…or “polyanna”…just because you don’t agree with it. Name-calling and put-downs do not belong anywhere except on a playground..
Well, I will end here for now because I feel the need to email President Obama on his choice of a Supreme Court Justice nominee…since our president is interested in having a Judge on the court who will not only know the laws but be willing to see beyond them for each separate situation that comes before the court! In other words, Interpretation!