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October 30th, 2008

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06:16 pm - Something to ponder in this time of politics
I said I wasn't going to talk about politics, and I won't.

But it occurred to me that, in a time when we are all striving to figure out the right way to vote (hopefully using both our brains and our consciences)--and to convince others to vote the same way--we might benefit from taking a moment to consider our own thought patterns.

G.K. Chesterton said,

It is not bigotry to be certain we are right; but it is bigotry to be unable to imagine how we might possibly have gone wrong.

--G.K. Chesterton

Whatever I end up voting, I shall spend a bit of time imagining how I might be wrong--to help me ensure that I am, in fact, doing the right things.
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Date:October 31st, 2008 01:33 am (UTC)
Ah, I love Chesterton. I don't recall that quote, but it is so very, very apt, and describes something I have been at a loss to articulate when encountering the attitude that Christians are arrogant/bigoted/intolerant because they are certain.
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Date:October 31st, 2008 03:40 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I like the definition he gives, because it doesn't leave room for people to define "bigot" as "someone who disagrees with me." Which is what happens, far too often (and never on only one side of an issue).
Date:October 31st, 2008 08:49 am (UTC)
Mm, that's true.

You occasionally here people suggest that the trouble with political discourse is that a lot of right wingers think that the left is essentially stupid, and that a lot of left wingers think that the right is essentially evil. I don't think either position is essentially true, but it seems to be surprisingly 0 if unconsciously - ingrained.
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Date:October 31st, 2008 03:22 pm (UTC)
LOL. Here in L.A. I would say it's usually the other way around: as a moderate conservative I get the attitude of "oh the poor thing, she's mentally unsound, she wouldn't even understand how wrong she is," whereas the far right has all kinds of conspiracy theories about how evil the left is.
Date:October 31st, 2008 05:02 pm (UTC)
That's interesting, because the meme is definitely the other way round in Britain and Europe - and not just among left-wingers; there's a famous Adenauer bon mot in which he claimed that anyone who wasn't a socialist at eighteen hadn't got a heart, and anyone who was a socialist at forty hadn't got a brain....
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Date:October 31st, 2008 12:06 pm (UTC)
that's cool. I like that quote.

Hey, I am more than half way through season 1 now... getting more into the relationship between the boys and curious about what's happening to Sam? (Just saw "Nightmare"). I may be able to get fully into this show yet...

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Date:October 31st, 2008 03:23 pm (UTC)
Hey, if you're this far and getting hooked, you may be another victim. *g* You've seen a pretty full range of the creepy by now; if you can watch through the end of season 1, I say you won't have a problem with anything in the first 3 seasons (not enough to stop you watching anyway). Season 4 is...interesting.

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