Behind the Lens: Part 3 - My Views on Almost Everything

Something that has been sitting in the back of my mind lately is how exactly I view different situations and what makes me, me and why do I believe this? I honestly believe that it is hard to look deep inside you and to realize what you stand for. Before I go any further, I want to say this: I am not asking for this to be debated, I am not asking for arguments to arise from this post, I am just simply sharing what I believe in and why I do. 

As stated in previous posts, I minored in Philosophy while at Ball State University to help broaden my mind. I also was able to take a Religious Studies class as well. I am always open to the idea of understanding other's belief systems. I have grown up always trying to see every side to a conversation, argument, and so on. So understanding someone's beliefs or views on a particular issue has always fascinated me. 

So today, I have decided to share these with my readers to give them a better understanding of who I am as a person and why I am the way that I am. (This may follow a lot of political issues, so brace yourself).

1. I am liberal with many social issues. 
What does this mean? I am going to break it down to two "hot topics" in the 2015 political issues. You can see a lot more issues at ISideWith.com. The first being abortion. I am pro-choice on this issue. NOT because I think killing unborn babies is okay but because I believe the woman carrying the baby has a choice on whether she keeps the baby or not. Personally, I would not have an abortion, but that doesn't mean every woman feels that way. There are a lot of outside circumstances that not many people see when a woman makes this decision. Financial, personal, and medical reasons can make a woman choose not to carry a baby. Second issue would be marriage. Others could call this issue gay marriage. I strongly believe that love is love. A law should not prevent someone from marrying another individual just because some people believe that it is "morally wrong." Also, it really does not effect you if you are straight. Just saying.  

2. I believe that everyone needs to quit blaming the media for every issue at hand.
The media is there to help you. Just like every other profession, there are a few bad apples in the bunch that give it a bad name. I am tired of hearing "The media blows this out of proportion" or "The media shows only the bad" etc. Stop. The media is there to do the research for you and bring you the information at hand. Sorry to tell you all this, but they are humans too and can make mistakes.  If you don't believe what they are saying is right, then do your own research and let them know. They would be happy to hear from you. 

3. I would call myself a feminist.
This would be a recent discovery I learned about myself my last semester at Ball State. In my philosophy class, Existentialism, we only had two papers, one at midterm and at finals. Everything else was readings with class discussions. The final paper could be about anything we wanted or we could use a topic from a list of things we covered in the semester. I was having a hard time coming up with a topic. I would use the office hours my professor provided when I didn't understand something or just needed help, which was often because even though philosophy was my minor and I loved it, it was also extremely challenging for me to understand. Then, we both noticed that my idea of thinking was that of a feminist which was a lot of the reading we finished the semester with. I started noticing in everyday life how women really are oppressed. However, there are many times when we oppress ourselves without even realizing it. (If you want to know more about this topic, email me! Otherwise this will go on very long.)

4. I am still trying to figure out what my soul basis of religion is.
So I cannot comment on religion of myself, however, I am interested in all religions. I like to understand why people believe what they do. However, I am still trying to find a place that I would fit into based off of my own beliefs. 

Now for the basic list without much explanation:

5. Welfare recipients should be drug tested.
6. Hatred and/or discrimination of any individual because of race, religion, ethnicity, social or economic status, sexual orientation, gender, etc. should never happen and is really low for any human being. 

I will be making a second post on my views on almost everything because I want to know what you want to know about me. You can send these posts three ways. One is through the forum on the Contact Me page, my email which is also located on that page, and my AskMe Page. Feel free to ask anonymously or add your name. 

Until next time, 
Kaytee L.