Where do your morals come from — your family? Your faith? Your philosophical worldview? How do you deal with those who don’t share them, or derive them from a different source?
Family, friends, education, life EXPERIENCE! All help to shape our moral awareness. “If justification meant a reward at the end of a journey, after a lifetime of effort had proved the man’s faith, faith would be another name for works. If it meant that conflict was unreal because election was assured, there could be no such thing as a faith whereby a man might be justified.” –Perry Miller, “John Bunyan’s Pilgrim’s Progress.” You tell me if faith matters. Those who don’t share my views? That’s what politics—the sharing and reforming of opinion through free open dialogue and discussion among one’s moral and political peers, respecting the inherent dignity of every person—that’s genuine freedom—what politics is all about. It’s time we rediscovered this in our local communities, and started choosing our leaders according to political virtues like courage and a sense of justice, instead of economic, social, religious, scientific, literary or professional “social values.” For most poor behavior, I like MARRIED WITH CHILDREN Al Bundy’s “Don’t be that guy!” But, to quote Perry Miller once again: “Calvinism has always held that the invincibly ignorant are proof against every persuasion.” Those who persist in stupidity—let’s face it: some I can think of (Trump, Pompeo, Bolton)—actually like it.
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