When I was a boy
World was better spot.
What was so was so,
What was not was not.
Now I am a man;
World have changed a lot.
Some things nearly so,
Others nearly not.
There are times I almost think
I am not sure of what I absolutely know.
Very often find confusion
In conclusion I concluded long ago
In my head are many facts
that, as a student, I have studied to procure,
In my head are many facts..
Of which I wish I was more certain I was sure!
“Is a Puzzlement” from The King and I
I am confused (so what else is new). Of all the things I am confused about I am most recently confused about two labels that seem to get more press during the presidential election process.
Conservatism and liberalism. To some one is a blessing and the other is a curse. Some have no problem wearing one label with pride while demonizing anyone who dares to proclaim they are the “other.”
Dorothy never claimed to be either. And that’s where I stand. Not that I don’t have an opinion. I do. But my opinion will not win me friends in either camp. To be honest, I have a very hard time stomaching a staunch conservative. They are like an immovable force. They are so entrenched in thinking that doesn’t make any sense. But they will go to their craves defending their ultra-conservative vision.
I also want to wretch when I see ultra left wing liberals trample any other viewpoint that does not support their own largely political positions.
I must add that (sometimes) conservatives have a valid point that actually makes sense. I also need to follow that up by saying (sometimes) liberals have a valid point that actually makes sense.
In my experience,some conservatives cling to beliefs without ever, ever being open minded enough to do some self-challenging. Thumping the Bible or some other ancient religious text is not the way to be open minded.
And then we have the liberals who (some) in my experience are selfish and childish people who don’t give a flying fuck about other people who are unwilling to trample any thing that even has a hint of being traditional.
Every day there is another issue that further divides us, another issue that forces some people to espouse either a conservative of liberal POV.
I can’t help but think that to be a conservative means saying NO to any and every thing that is out of their comfort zone. That also makes me think that to be a liberal means saying YES to any and every thing regardless of the consequences.
And…in my opinion staunch conservatives and dyed-in-the-wool liberals rarely care about what their counterparts think. It seems it’s an all or nothing war and neither side is interested in prisoners like me who believe that everything is not black and white.
It reminds me of a scene in “Fiddler on the Roof” when one of the townspeople makes a claim and Tevye says to him “You’re right.” And then another person says just the opposite. Tevye says, “You’re right. In fact, you’re both right.” A third man chimes in and says, “They can’t both be right.”
That’s when Tevye said “You know, you’re right, too.”
In my old age am I morphing into Tevye?