Several decades ago, while in high school, I was elected State Vice-President of the International Relations League. The Board met four times a year and one of our main responsibilities was to plan the agenda for the State Convention held each Spring. We chose several topics and were supposed to familiarize ourselves with one as we each were expected to lead a discussion group on that particular subject. We talked about what would be on the agenda and what we should discuss. Two of the topics I remember were: The Palestinian Refugee Crisis and Youth in Asia.
I was more familiar with the Palestinian problem and chose that one to prepare for. A few months went by and the date arrived for the Convention. I packed my suitcase and left for a city about three hours from where I lived. I got to the University campus, checked into my room, and went to the first day’s meeting. I received my Syllabus and sat in the front row of the auditorium with the rest of the Board.
You can imagine my shock when I opened the Syllabus and looked at the Agenda. The topic “Youth in Asia” was nowhere to be found; the topic was actually Euthanasia. I thought I knew what was going to be discussed; I actually did not. I was as far off on that particular subject as I could be. At the time of the meeting, I had not heard the word many times, let alone understood the real meaning of the subject. It just goes to show you how wrong you can be about something you believe to be true.
Last week, I heard a prominent politician say that people in his political party were NOT for infanticide. And yet, partial-birth abortion and late term abortion are actually affirmed as a woman’s right by most of the feminist leaders in his party. Sometimes, we only think we know what is going on in our particular sphere. Unfortunately, many times we do not. We are as far away from the truth as we can possibly be.
“Youth in Asia.” Anyone want to lead the discussion?