On self-control and birth control

Running starts surpass standing ones. Beginning New Year’s resolutions on January 1 is a standing start. Beginning them December 1 is a running start.

Let’s be honest. Can it really hurt? How long did you make it into 2011? February, March maybe? A December dash of momentum may be just what you need to get to April.

Think how much easier losing twenty pounds will be if you don’t gain ten of them to begin with. Think how well you’ll do with your exercise, reading and rest routines during the slow months if you can maintain them during the busiest.

We frail, fallen, and fickle folks constantly look for ways to overcome our frailty, fallen-ness and fickleness. We strive to strengthen our feeble knees.

We buy stuff and do stuff and attend stuff. Groups, seminars, books, videos, apps. The silver bullet is out there, we’re convinced, though it always seems to lie beyond the pot of gold.

Some of us recognize that’s what grace is for. Trying harder is not necessarily the antidote. Doubling down and pulling up only works for so long. We desperately need someone to do for us what we can not do for ourselves. Thank God advent is upon us.

Still, there is a place for discipline, for making tomorrow better than today. For staying focused and setting goals, for hurdling obstacles with sheer determination.

Every success has a failure quota. Practice your New Year’s resolutions in December. If you fail, you’ll be one step closer to success in 2012.

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The cost of irresponsible behavior is about to get cheaper.

Thanks to a little-discussed Obamacare rule, health insurance policies must consider contraception a “preventive” care item beginning in 2013. By definition, preventive care must be provided free of charge.

Intentional or not, the message is clear: Pregnancy is a disease; as a matter of public health, your government will help you fight it.

All benefits, no costs. This is the theme of the Obama presidency.

The cost of the free birth control (which includes “morning after pills”) will of course be spread across all premium payers. Wealth will transfer from the moral to the immoral. From the responsible to the irresponsible. From the self-controlled to the not.

While I am shocked by the policy, I am also unsurprised. I fully expect to pay for others’ stomach band surgeries by the end of Obama’s term. We masses have needs and instincts and desires, after all.

And so we conceive ways to reverse natural laws, to eat burgers and lose weight, to have more sex but fewer kids.

Kids can be a nuisance, I won’t lie. Particularly at four in the morning. But they’re not polio.

They are highly inefficient. They can do little for themselves. But they’re not the flu.

They’re expensive especially when you factor in the opportunity cost of wages lost. But they’re still not hepatitis.

Our culture minimizes youth. Many kids endure lengthy hours of “professional” childcare. They experience wide varieties of family and custody situations. They witness extreme scenes in everyday situations like TV commercials during football games.

It follows that minimizing youth leads to preventing it altogether.

We stand at the intersection of a culture that cares little for kids and a government that promotes their prevention. I hope it’s time for change.

Kevin Thompson writes weekly for The Boerne Star. Subscribe to his columns at http://www.kwt.info.

1 Response to “On self-control and birth control”


  1. 1 Ken December 2, 2011 at 08:11

    Excellent, thanks for your thoughts! I have been ready for 3 yeaars now! The next 11 months can’t go fast enough!


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