19 October 2008
What Chocolate Has to Do with Proposition Eight
There has recently been much media hoopla regarding a sticky subject. I want to give my two cents. (Free opinions=worth every cent.)
Let me put it this way. Some people are addicted to chocolate. I even think they may be genetically disposed to voraciously crave chocolate. Perhaps if these people never heard of chocolate, or saw it but never tasted it, they would not have to deal with the irresistible cravings. Society as a whole should love and respect chocolate addicts—not because they are addicts, but because they are people.
Just as no person should be wholly defined by being a non-chocolate craver, no person should be wholly defined by their chocolate craving. It is absurd to define an entire person by one aspect of his or her lifestyle. We should befriend them even if they have chocolate all over their faces or march in chocolate loving parades on occasion. They should be allowed to eat chocolate even if it is a moral concern for us because they may die of morbid obesity. It is a choice, after all.
However, I don't think that it is appropriate to take a bus full of children to watch an addict eat a Snickers bar. I don't think it is appropriate to teach school children that chocolate can replace a balanced diet and is an acceptable alternative to eating normal food. If everyone in the world started eating chocolate exclusively, the population would die out in a generation. We have an obligation to future generations to allow them to exist, even if some of us would much rather eat chocolate than broccoli.
I know the metaphor is imperfect, but at what level do you think chocolate craving is a choice? That's my question. Discuss politely, because I have no compunction against deleting rude comments at my own hyper-sensitive discretion.