Emotions and facts for sound reasoning

To The Editor:

Within the past several weeks, we have had two letters and articles in the Hollis Brookline Journal that represent emotional responses to the issues of our days while omitting important realities. Emotions are important because they can tell us when something does not feel right but they should be balanced with facts.

The one article was an extremely emotional account of the many tragedies that have hit our communities during the past few years. We have had numerous incidents of young people who have died in car accidents, young lives stolen from families and bringing great sorrow to all. He also recalled the horror of the Mont Vernon killings. The writer emotionally described how these situations went against our hopes that a quiet rural town would be safe.

The beginning of his article described our community as a “Frankenstein patchwork.” Does this author not recognize the fact we all share human DNA? Does the author not know that this DNA is traced back by most scientists to two original parents?

Perhaps, we should add unborn children to the list of those we mourn from our towns and society, for they also had gifts to give and were taken from us too prematurely. Perhaps, the seeds of violence in our communities are hidden in that legal battle for respect for life. Perhaps, the untimely death of our young should remind us of how precious each child is and how each one is a gift from God.

The other emotional argument was from a young seventh-grader. Most of his arguments ended up focusing on financial issues; something that can be cured through legalizing civil unions. I had to wonder: Has young person had ever read an opposing viewpoint? Does he know that many leaders in the LGBT organizations have stated publicly that their aim is to destroy marriage?

“It’s a no-brainer that (homosexual activists) should have the right to marry, but I also think equally that it’s a no-brainer that the institution of marriage should not exist. (F)ighting for gay marriage generally involves lying about what we are going to do with marriage when we get there – because we lie that the institution of marriage is not going to change, and that is a lie,” from a radio interview given by activist Masha Gessen in 2013. See http://illinoisfamily.org/homosexuality/homosexual-activist-admits-true-purpose-of-battle-is-to-destroy-marriage/.

Does he know that recent 2013 studies for the first time have revealed actual brain changes are possible when young are raised with out a father figure, causing greater aggressive tendencies? See the Iona Institute study at www.ionainstitute.ie/index.php?id=3352. This is the first study where actual brain changes were observed.

Emotions cannot solve problems with clarity and need to be balanced with reasoning and more in depth understanding of issues.