If we were having coffee, we would, presumably, after several sit downs together, eventually get to the topic of politics. While I’m starting to believe that politics may be an even bigger taboo subject than money and financial matters in general, by this point we would have developed a well enough rapport with one another to bridge this subject. I’d tell you how I believe that double-standards (i.e. you must accept my differing view or else I will berate and destroy you…but if you do disagree with me, I won’t accept your view and will continue to berate and destroy you) and political correctness are putting a muzzle on our First Amendment right of free speech; not the legal right itself, but rather our free-thinking exercise thereof. On that note, our Founding Fathers would be spinning in their graves if they knew how everybody is constantly tiptoeing around other peoples’ feelings for fear of being painted as offensive, sexist, racist, elitist, cold-hearted, or any other adjective that gets thrown around at anybody who may have a differing opinion from that which is “in” at any particular moment. I believe that this stifles conversation and honest discussions, leaving the majority, who remain silent out of fear, to be subjugated to the whims of others. I’d tell you that, while I’m not overly engaged in the political process, I am a conservative-leaning registered independent. I find that the two-party system, with their constant toe-the-line bullshit, breeds divisiveness and destroys true opportunities for change and progress in our country and the world at large.
We could debate issues all day long; and that’s the beauty of it…we should. It’s healthy to have differing views among the masses. It makes for interesting conversation. But that conversation must go two ways and we shouldn’t be so closed-minded that we lose our sense of humanity and decency, whereby lashing out and attacking each other for our differences. Rather, we should embrace one another’s viewpoints and realize that every individual is shaped by his or her current situations, past experiences, and ongoing attainment of knowledge. As opposed to simply asking one another’s viewpoints on a particular subject, let’s choose to look deeper and ask the “why?” and “how?” of one’s coming to form that particular belief or opinion. Likewise, make an attempt to see how a person’s particular belief has evolved and been shaped over a period of time.
This conversation might take more caffeine than a single cup of coffee…I’m gonna go brew a bigger pot. It’s your turn to talk…what have I got ya thinking about right now?
– Nurse on Fire