i’ve been thinking about what i wrote earlier this evening. i think part of the frustration i’m feeling lately is that many people (but not everyone) in my life, both on a superficial level and people that i’m close to, seem to believe that their worldview is the only valid one. i’ve recently had people tell me (or write to me) such things as they never could be friends with a republican, that they couldn’t be friends with someone who was friends with a wiccan, that although they don’t hate homosexuals they don’t want to be associated with them. i have friends who, when you mention bush’s name, start frothing at the mouth (i do not like the bush administration, but i hope i can appear rational when discussing why i don’t like it), who think that anyone who would vote for a republican is an idiot (i have some very intelligent friends who happen be republican; their politics do not lessen their intelligence one bit). i also have friends who would not vote for a candidate simply because of that candidate’s stance for or against abortion (this is a smokescreen issue to me, as despite all the rhetoric, nothing is going to happen to the abortion laws in this country anytime soon because of all the emotion tied up in the debate; i would rather focus on a candidate’s stand on issues that could have more of a direct effect on my day to day life). these examples are just the tip of the iceberg.
i truly do understand that people have a right to believe what they believe, although i am reminded of the obi wan kenobi quote: ‘you’ll find that many of the truths we cling to depend greatly on our own point of view.’ part of my frustration these days as i am studying and trying to live integrally is that i see that both sides (really all sides, as there are rarely only two sides to any given situation) have valid points, just as both major political parties have their down sides. i certainly agree with the republican emphasis on personal responsibility, as well as the democratic emphasis on personal freedom. in aqal terms, liberals view the source of human suffering as coming from the lower right, or exterior social quadrant, while conservatives view this source from the lower left, or interior cultural quadrant. the thing is that both sides are right on here, and one of the tricks for the 21st century will be getting the two sides to see that they are both (partially) right and hopefully eventually working together in order to lessen the suffering. this is the only way that significant, positive changes are going to be made. in the meantime, the democratic tendency to depend on government to solve social ills (many of which were caused inadvertently by government policies in the first place) just is not going to get it done alone, nor is the republican tendency to legislate morality (actually both sides do, but just approach it from different angles) or to believe that most of our ills can be cured by growing the economy. my point in all this is that both sides have some of the truth, but not all of it; however, each side seems to think they do have it all, and therefore can only look at the other side with derision. this is very frustrating to me, and is perhaps part of the reason why everyone is getting on my nerves these days. i truly try to see all sides of most issues, and feel that when i try to convey this, i get shot down no matter what i say. so, i say nothing, and get irritated with the whole of humanity. this is at least part of my excuse these days.