“If it doesn’t affect your life, it’s not your business. If it doesn’t affect your liberty, it’s not your business. If it doesn’t affect your pursuit of happiness, it’s none of your business. And it goes in that order. Your right to life comes before someone else’s right to liberty.”
I worked on this project for Topic from the end of last winter through spring, asking young folks what they care about. Even before the students of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School turned their tragedy into a national movement, giving young people a platform like they’ve never had before, I’d been wondering what sorts of issues were on adolescent minds. Teaching middle schoolers piqued my curiosity—it’s pretty damn sobering to hear how 11 and 12 year olds interpret the issues plaguing our society today.
Conor Martin, 17 (at the time), lives in Troy, Missouri. He’s the president of the Lincoln County Young Conservatives. In addition to the abortion issue, we discussed his passion for politics (he’d name politicians like celebrities) as well as his concern for constitutional liberties, the national deficit and politicians who waver on their positions in order to gain votes. #SOUNDON #keepswiping
It seems his opinions conflict. “If it doesn’t affect your life, it’s not your business.” Well, young sir, carrying a baby to term is not your business, nor does a stranger’s abortion affect your life, so… Very interesting project.