It’s popular on the progressive blogs to dismiss the religious right as a bunch of morons. I will say that their leaders are hypocrites and some of them may be the biggest sinners of all. Those who condemn are themselves condemned. I’m not perfect, either. But I try to improve, and to do so by caring what my words and my actions do, whether they cause happiness or sadness, whether they cause relief or more pain. There is no final judgment here, though you may see an occasional flash of anger and upset when I see people suffering who could be helped, who could at least not be made to suffer worse. Torture really is the issue that I think defines the fruit of the conservative tree now, and something has to be done to stop it, not because we need to punish the guilty, but in order to spare the innocent.
But the religious followers, who are deceived by their leaders, are nonetheless looking for some guidance to live better lives. They don’t know where else to go, perhaps. If you’ve grown up without any other perspective, you may wonder if any other point of view can even make sense. It may even seem crazy, but that is precisely how you might be seen in the reverse perspective. So try to understand it, please. I’m not asking you to agree. I’m asking you to consider it.
We can all improve, we can all get better, but we all have to be willing to change in order to do that. Please don’t think that I am unwilling to move from my own stances, I am always willing to consider ways to alter what I say and do. That is the essence of what it means to me that I call myself liberal.
I’m no smarter than anyone, I may spend more time thinking about certain things and writing my thoughts, but they are not unique, others have said the same things (and in more beautiful prose than I can muster). I’m as capable of being an idiot as anyone, but because I do care I want to know when I am doing something wrong and try to fix it. Can we hear some of this from the right-wing, please?
And I’ll ask the same of the left, when it matters. I don’t expect perfection from them, I don’t expect it from myself so I cannot expect it from anyone else. I do expect that we can all do better, given time and willingness to learn, as long as we care.
And if you’re reading this, and you don’t care, why are you reading this?