May 8, 2020-
On a Zoom call, this evening, the moderator put forth a telling message: “It is not necessary for me to put out your candle, so that mine may burn brighter.”
Cynics may counter-“Too many lights put each other out.”
I beg to differ. Life is not a zero sum game. Some conservatives want a world without progressives. Some progressives can’t wait to rid our planet of conservatives. I find either prospect an empty one. There are features, of extremists on both sides, that I find reprehensible- From the alt-right: The murder of an African-American jogger, on February 23, by two white men; the drawings of swastikas and nooses; “Rassus” jokes, told by both whites and Native Americans; ANY hint that one race is superior to another. From the extreme left: The caricatures of conservatives as knuckle-dragging hominids; ANY defense of pedophilia (which occurs among both liberals and conservatives, by the way); advocacy of wholesale slaughter of those in power.
I’ve covered the need for an array of responsible viewpoints, in an earlier post. So, I will end with this: I know plenty of respectable, responsible and loving people, on both sides of the chasm. I know plenty of decent, morally sound people, among all ethnicities, economic levels, creeds and ways of life. My candle doesn’t need yours to be snuffed out, in order for it to shine brightly. Come on home.