I was driving the motorcycle yesterday as it was a reasonably tolerable day to go riding. Saw an SUV infront of me driving slowly and if you know anything about SUV's as a motorcyclist you know they're more dangerous than deer as they're usually piloted by a inattentive soccer mom texting on her phone. Ensuring I gave her a wide berth, I couldn't help but notice her vanity plates saying "4CHOICE" with her requisite "Obama" bumper sticker.
Upon seeing this I had to confirm my theory that leftists are usually uglier and sure enough as I carefully passed the driver side of the SUV I saw a frumpy, elderly lady who was not smiling (leftists rarely smile). I speed off, now with the SUV danger behind me, but couldn't help but think about how sad a person would have to be to have vanity plates that say "4CHOICE."
Understand most vanity plates are an exercise of wit or cleverness. Something that typically brings about humor or a guffaw. Perhaps even personal, but usually an uplifting statement. But to have a plate that yells to the world:
"The thing I value about myself the most, the number one thing I want you to know about me, what my prides of prides is based on, is that I'm pro-choice in the abortion debate."
in English translates into:
"I really have no meaning in my life."
The reason is very simple. Believing in something, be it a religion, an ideology, global warming, or what have you takes no effort, builds no character, and is not an accomplishment. It's perfectly fine to believe in something, but when you define yourself by a zero-calorie exercise such as "belief" then it's almost a surefire guarantee you haven't done anything of noteworthiness, significance, or accomplishment in your life. Instead of taking on tasks, engaging in a rigorous endeavor, you instead subconsciously say,
"WHOA!!!! Do WHAT with my life??? Work hard? Study hard? Take the harder path!!??? Are you kidding me!?? I'm just going to put going green and "COEXIST" bumper stickers on my car and claim I'm doing something instead!"
In short you take an effortless act (belief) and substitute it in for actual accomplishment.
Alas, why this is so disgusting on several levels.
Understand I am pro-choice myself. I find abortion to be a lesser of two evils when a potential child is faced with a life where his/her parents never really wanted them, couldn't afford them, or both, vs. never coming into that miserable existence in the first place. Cold, callous, calculating, yes, but that's my belief.
However, at no point in time did I ever CHEER ON abortion. It's not like it's a GREAT thing. It's a horrible thing, something I'm sure most women who had one did not wake up in the morning and say "YEAAAAAHHHH!!!! ABORTION TIME!"
But some people, like the lady linked above, do. Some people are so valueless, such worthless people, they take something as horrible as abortion and pride themselves off of it because...well...what else in their lives can they point to as achievement or accomplishment?
Thankfully these people can be easily avoided as their insecure egos force them to scream to the world about their beliefs. It may not be as clear as a political vanity plate, but you've no doubt seen cars wallpapered with political bumper stickers (of both the leftist and right wing variety). You've no doubt heard somebody say, "environmentalism is very important to me." You've no doubt met several people that "found Jesus." And you've no doubt found somebody within the first 5 seconds of introduction tell you they're a vegetarian.
Whatever variant, all of these are easy beliefs one can merely "claim" which they will no doubt lord over you, even arrogantly use to lecture and berate you. But understand all it is, is a very thin and ineffective veil poorly hiding the fact the person has no core, has no worth, and is wasting their one and precious life they've been given on this planet.
Enjoy the decline!