I’m frightened by the eagerness to jump on cultural bandwagons. They’re driven more by emotions, selfishness, and superficiality, and less by contemplation, altruism, and truthfulness. Don’t allow yourself to be boxed-in.
Some examples, you ask? Certainly…
Gun Control: My choice is not between the second amendment OR children being murdered.
Patriotism: My choice is not between respecting the star-spangled banner OR being a racist.
Feminism: My choice is not between wearing a pink, knit hat OR denying equal rights to over half the world’s population.
Transgenderism: My choice is not between supporting gender fluidity OR being a chauvinist bigot.
American History: My choice is not between tearing down Civil War statues OR being a white supremacist.
Illegal Immigration: My choice is not between open, untended borders OR hating all immigrants.
Political dialogue benefits from the absence of a zero-sum mentality. Nuanced issues dwell on much higher levels than the dialogue of our social media networks, viral memes, and talk show narratives.
In a polarized climate, what is required of an informed American citizen is generous thoughtfulness, an intangible connection from where we came, and a love for others that is manifested in self-sacrifice.