the paradox of liberalism

An interesting, and worrying thing happened in politics this week.in short, a fellow student started making comments about how ‘defficient kids should be aborted or killed after birth. I was furious and caused quite a stink. the fellow was made too appologise to me (not my idea). I accepted it, but asked him if he mmeant it, expecting the annswer no. He thought for a while: “Yes, if they’re going to die before theyre 5 or have no quality of life”. I lost my rag, and said something like “why five, why not 20? then you kill many of my friends.” I saw red.

Now i feel retrospectively guilty: the guy waas only voicing his views, and should be respected for it. I was wrong to case such a fuss – now the guy will have his beliefs about the disab;led confirmed – troublesome whingers. Yet I can’t escape the fact that such views i find obhorrant. In a way, it boils down to a liberal paradox: accept all perspectives, except those which contradict yours. If so, am I bein a hyppocrite?

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