Monday, March 25, 2013
Avoid Being a Conservative. Or a Liberal?
This is what I find so annoying about the Conservative mind set. They don't think it through.
Definition of Conservative: "Favoring traditional views and values; tending to oppose change."
You do realize what being conservative indicates? Fear.
Conservatives need to realize how destructive that attitude can be. To retain the status quo requires you to have to change.
The only thing that never changes, is change. To remain as you are, changes you; and the status quo you desire, as counter intuitive as it is, changes you.
That is in great part, the problem with our county these past years. A culpable misunderstanding of what people believe.
But to be too liberal, is also bad.
The issue really is a lack of information, ACCURATE information, and consideration.
Issues, require thought. And accurate information.
What I've been seeing is people adhering to fear, a lack of having or seeking, accurate information, and a desire for things to remain the same. Which in itself is dysfunctional and destructive.
Embrace change, but embrace sculpting that change. Because embracing status quo, which is what Conservatives are all about, is killing us.
The problem is that considering change, considering helping change is fear evoking (there's that fear again, be brave). Considering change means that you have to take responsibility and know something other than going to work each day, watching sitcoms at night, or reading books that aren't good for you anyway.
Once you accept that change is necessary, in fact, it's unavoidable, then you have to consider what to change and conservatives don't want that responsibility. Because it's so easy to be wrong and God knows they don't want that. What's so funny about that is that in the end, they are typically wrong anyway. So why not be wrong while evoking positive changes?
Why not? Because then they'd be considered "Liberals" and God knows they can't have that label.
But I don't consider myself a Liberal, or a Conservative. If anything, an "Intellectual", because I use my intellect, what little I may have, to make decisions. Therefore I take in the most accurate information possible to me, supported by various and different and disparate sources. Sources that don't always agree with one another. Then I make a decision, act on it, and accept the responsibility for being, sometimes, wrong.
But that's why we have a democracy. Because the more informed a citizenry that we have, the more the chances of our making more right than wrong decisions.
So, don't be afraid to make changes. Just get informed first. And don't select only the information you want to believe in, but the information that is the most accurate, as supported by multiple and disparate sources. And then, act.