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Time To Flip the Coin

In the world, there are many opinions that spread across the spectrum of politics.  Each one falling on the scale somewhere in reference to which side of the center it appears.  The right side of the scale would be those opinions that lean toward a more conservative thought in the modern phase.  These ideals have changed over history, but in the modern context, they represent the thoughts of respecting traditions.  It can be broken down into economic or social conservatism, but my focus for this is on a general theme for the scale.  I will broach the topic of the break down in a future post.

While to the left of this center, which is marked by the moderate view, there is the progressive or for this a liberal slant.  Of course, this has had a tendency to evolve over time also, yet in the modern context, it is connected to upholding and protecting the unalienable rights of the individual.  It is a pursuit of freedom for those rights and often seeks to find the ideal progressive method to expand beyond the status quo.  There are also economic and social sides, but this will wait for another time.

Let us put this on a greyscale graph with the darker shade showing the high number of the citizenship in favor of a certain grade as it goes out either way from the center.  The gradient scale might be something that would put all of this into a new perspective.  Especially, if the data used was collected in our current political climate.  

It is an election year, so everyone is bound to have an opinion.  It is hard to avoid the campaigning now that apparent nominees are ready to go head to head.  I would love to see such a poll taken to show this graph based solely on the position regarding a few of the key economic and social issues that are dominating the news.

I have always felt that if I were to take this little test with my own political opinions over the years, I would find that I have changed on a few points.  Yet, I feel that I am growing closer to some of the liberal ideals.  However, I would not personal float out to the fringe on these issues.  I believe on a national scale that we need some of the ideas from both sides.  We are stronger as a nation when we have our minds focused on building and stabilizing our society.  There is little need for us to delve into the fringe ideas and policies that will overwhelm one side and send our scale into darkness.

So, what is the point that I am trying to explain?  Simple.  We will touch on a few of these issues as I have done already in my first few posts.  I have touched on the social issue of women’s rights.  It is a keen issue that is being brought to the front of the pack as a good number of state legislatures have put out laws that are rolling back some of the rights that have been gained.  This rollback, as it is called by some, seems to be a test of the social debate of the two sides.  I simplified it with the moderate liberal ideal that individual rights should remain free of regulation by the community.

I have also touched a little on the separation of church and state, but not to the extent that I will.  I have just explained a bit of my personal context, so that when it comes time to touch on the subject of this separation, it will be clear as to where it is all coming from.  I like to put things into a context so they are not lost in the vacuum of random, baseless thoughts.

As with my first two posts, I have set the mindset of this blog.  It is simply my way of putting my thoughts into the ether for anyone to take as they wish.  This view that our country is divided natural into those that seek a place where traditions of the community are set and never broken and those that search for the method to free the individual with rights to become a stand out.  As I say, these are fairly simple diagrams with a general overview of a very complex system.  In this simple system, I seek to blend these two thoughts into something that will benefit the nation as a whole community of individuals.

Finally, I will sprinkle in a few blogs that have little to do with this overall discussion of finding the right recipe for blending us together.  These will be my testimonies of life and expressions of how one can cope with the complexities of life.  

In all this, I hope that interest can be found and the debate can be joined.  If we don’t debate our thoughts, we may always consider ourselves right, but have we truly found the best way to leave a better legacy for the next generation?

crudus animus

Drawing the Lines In the Sands

A touch of understanding can create the link between people or groups of people.  Even when we share a language, the level of understanding does not always match.  The bridge across the river of nuance, hyperbole, and colloquialism can be extremely tough to build let alone cross.  Traditions and expressions of such come from a blend of microcosms that we identify as family or upbringing in a community.  Each of us has different experiences and lessons that we have learned to help shape our thinking and mold our attitude.  It is a strong piece of evidence to support the idea that we are all a product of our environment.

So, what does this have to do with the world today?  Have we become so distracted by the onslaught of information from our telecommunication miracles of television and internet that we have lost our way?  We cling to the hopes as adults that we will be able to carry on the better parts of our cultures, but we often forget that how we reached this point.  Within this swirl of many distractions, we also find our visions looking at our steps and not where we going.

In the maelstrom of traditions and customs that our world has, each of us finds our own internal doctrine of beliefs.  One way can take on the role of believing that our ego can come to the solutions without pause.  The narcissistic tones of this avenue have their own drawbacks, but it propels the individual into states of fame or exile.  Either way, it has the possibilities of isolating the person when it is a community that is needed.

Yet, on the other hand, there is the conformist who loses the individualistic thoughts and succumbs to the idea that the community is the belief.  It is with this thinking that the ego of a person works toward the goals that better the community.  The teamwork that is inspired shows strength of each individual working together.  Within this environment, the stability of the society can hold strong for far longer than those societies that depend on one person to hold it together.

However, in our country of these United States of America, we have a created system of government which has evolved from the idea that a central figure is not the end all be all.  We have a centralized government that attends to the welfare of the whole while the individual states attend to the welfare of their jurisdiction.  The Constitution and its amendments seek to balance out the powers of the multiple sides.  On a purely ideal level, this system should be the idyllic framework for a society based on both the themes of community and individualism.  The balancing scales have often found they are weighted more to one side or the other in our history.  So, it begs the question of why this is happening and how are we going to find balance?

In a nutshell, it is our ideals that come into conflict.  It is the ignorance that a community has for another community and the reciprocation of this attitude.  Without the awareness of another, an individual or a community makes a judgment of another.  This will twist into a horrible conflagration.  The lack of knowledge in the details can create leaps of assumptions which help the entire matter to spiral out of control.  These reactions can be immediate or happen over time.  

It also is the intolerance of another’s traditions or customs.  The friction caused by this can probe deeper into an individual’s ego or a community’s beliefs.  When one side removes the freedom for the opposing side to have their own traditions or customs or one side is unwilling to share the rights to those freedoms of belief, the results are a deeply draw line in the sand.  It becomes imbued with the power of a new belief that the other side is a lesser entity.  Once the sense of superiority takes root, generations can pass before anyone knows the cause or has any idea how to heal the wound.

We have that today in our society.  We have all found a way to forget who we were and where we have come from.  As a community, we are so focused on the how we are entitled to greatness rather than earning it through deeds and accomplishments.  As individuals, each of us finds that in order to reach our potential that another must be inferior to us.

No, there is a solution.  It is holding true to the values that were set down by our forefathers.  We are a great nation made of individuals and communities seeking with liberty to find the future that we create and not the one that we foolishly believe that we are entitled to.  The lines are drawn and we need to erase them to move on together.

crudus animus

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