The Private and the Public

George Jonas on sex-selective abortion:

They say God works in mysterious ways. Not being religious I wouldn’t know, but maybe he does. His “choice” may be to combine modern technology with a preference for male babies in some ancient cultures to demonstrate that the whimsical elimination of life inside the womb isn’t a private matter, or even a mere social concern, but just as it would be outside the womb, it’s profoundly spiritual. It’s all grist to God’s mills, which, according to the poet Longfellow, grind slow but grind exceedingly small.

I’d add that almost nothing is just personal. We just like to say that because we’re selfish and don’t care what happens to society at large.