September 24, 2007
As I opened the brochure given to me as I walked into McGuire Hall I was surprised to see that almost every seat was filled up. I thought that although this lecture does have a very controversial topic, gender and sexuality and how they are accepted in the world, I would never have thought this many people, old and young, would take time to listen to some woman. Who by reading the inside page of the brochure says, “ One of the world’s most influential progressive ethicists, Margaret Farley, R.S.M., Ph.D., has long been a powerful voice for human rights, social justice, compassion and innovative approaches to education.” She started the lecture telling us specifically what she was going to talk about, which I thought was a very good strategy in keeping people’s interest.
Her topics were very controversial in the sense that she was talking about how sexuality, homosexuals, straight, and other sexual orientation are accepted in the world. She gave her view of these topics and how they should be viewed in the world in order for us as a whole to function properly as a united society, instead of a divided society. She talked about eliminating the destructive parts of sexuality, for examples sexual abuse.
The elimination of the destructive part of sexuality could lead to so many new opportunities for people who are in those situations. She gave out a tone of desperation for the world, mainly the young people of society to come to terms with the realization that our world is changing. With the changing of our world come many new and different things, which we are scared of. Fear is no reason to put out negative attitudes towards something foreign as sexual orientation.
In the few weeks of my Jesuit education I have heard over and over from the countless speeches at orientation of how we are “men and women for others”. When I hear that saying, I take into heart the interpretation of how we are all men and women, and we must be here for others, for support, and education. Those who receive our help are not looked down upon by their sexual orientation, or what they believe to be a proper form of love. Love is love, between two human beings.