One of the key arguments for the 'Yes' side of the same-sex marriage debate in Australia is that gay people getting married doesn't hurt anyone else. If it doesn't affect us, we just need to mind our own business. (This article begs to differ)
That's the argument for many decisions people make every day....it's none of your business, it's not hurting you. In a way, I agree. Some of my decisions are mine (or mine and Duncan's) to make. Why does it bother people if my child still has a dummy, or isn't toilet-trained by the time they think they should be? Why does it bother someone else if we're against using the 'cry it out' method for sleep training? Their sleep isn't being affected.
But that's not the case with all decisions. No person is an island. Some of our decisions DO affect others. For example, I might decide that disciplining my children is wrong and they should be 'free spirited'. It's all well and good to say that this parenting philosophy doesn't affect anyone....until my children go to school and their teachers have to deal with them, shoppers and diners have to deal with their unruly behaviour in public, other parents have to put up with trashed houses and disrespect during play dates.
Some of my decisions are mine to make. God has given me freedom and, although others may have a different opinion, I will have to wear the consequences of my decision.
Other decisions have severe ramifications.
Think through your decision-making carefully.