Never trust any ideology that …

Never trust any ideology, left or right, that emphasizes division between races rather than our shared humanness.

Never trust any ideology, left or right, that uses shared humanness to avoid viewing and fixing racial inequality.

Never trust any ideology, left or right, that encourages us to visualize and bring out the bad in each other rather than the good in each other.

Never trust any ideology, left or right, that encourages you to prejudge anyone of any color by their race.

Never trust any ideology, left or right, that says we should respect walls of separation between races.

Never trust any ideology, left or right, that ignores the human consequences of wealth inequality and environmental destruction.

Never trust any ideology, left or right, that ignores the human consequences of unequal access to education, health care, and natural resources.

Never trust any ideology, left or right, that says that we cannot fully identify with all our fellow human beings because some stupidly reified concept of race prevents it.

Never trust any ideology, left or right, that says we cannot creatively identify with people from other demographics in our artistic expressions. When putting oneself in the shoes of other races and demographics becomes the #1 cultural sin, we have pretty much lost everything the Civil Rights movement fought for.

Never trust any ideology, left or right, that suggests we should not celebrate cultural cross-pollination in every direction, continually playing with each other’s cultural stuff, continually wearing the other’s shoes – black, white, female, male, every ethnicity and sexual orientation – incorporating, collaborating, and sharing a laugh when the cross-pollination becomes clumsy, as it often will. Better to throw open all the doors and windows than to build walls around your turf.

Never trust any ideology, left or right, that vilifies one race or demographic to elevate another.

Never trust any ideology, left or right, that says only people who “look like me” can relate to my struggles.

Never trust any ideology, left or right, that does not inspire you to celebrate our differences without denying our shared humanness.

Never trust any ideology, left or right, that does not welcome different and dissenting opinions to the table.

Never trust any ideology, left or right, that obscures the fact that we are all on the same spaceship Earth with limited time and a shared fate; whatever our surface differences, we will sink or swim together as the mothership flourishes or founders.

Never trust any ideology. Turn off the news and love your neighbor.

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21 thoughts on “Never trust any ideology that …

  1. Never trust a politician, left or right, who believes conspiracy theories before fact.
    Never trust a politician left or right who declares “There is good on both sides” when referring to a group of BLM protestors and a white supremacy group.
    Hugs

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  2. I’m on neither side. I was a liberal at one time before the world turned PC. I don’t need nor want some side trying to dictate what book, song, movie, or whatever I will watch, listen or read. I can decide that on my own…I will not have that choice taken away from me.
    I didn’t need political correctness to tell me not to be a bigot or treat people fair…I was taught that by my parents.

    I just want equality…for everyone. The same rules should apply to everyone.

    Regular Liberals and Conservatives are not the problem…it’s the extremists on both sides.

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    • I’ve followed the same path, Max, from liberal to what now feels like outer space compared to today’s spectrum. But also, thanks for the reminder. The idiot activists on both sides control the mic, but lots of regular people are quietly sensible. To quote a truly great American: “Left and right have become mirror images of each other. There are stories of conspiracy, of America being hijacked by an evil cabal … Their purpose is not to persuade the other side but to keep their bases agitated … to beat the other side into submission … [This is politics, but] there is another story … millions of Americans who are going about their business every day . . . [living in] peace with their neighbors … waiting for Democrats and Republicans to catch up with them ” (Obama, The Audacity of Hope).

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      • That is a great quote and so true. Thank You.

        What is really aggravating is the labeling that goes on. If I’m against trying to erase a book or whatever…then I must be a Trump or far right supporter…which is crazy!
        ….or if I think masks are good and should be worn…then I must be a Biden or far left supporter.
        We cannot just be…us. We don’t have to belong to a club.

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        • Deja vu, amigo. The false binary is killing public discourse. One peep about my policy views and my conservative friends scarlet-letter me as a woke progressive. One peep about how I demur from what the illiberal wokes have done to what was once a true progressive spirit, and my lefty friends scarlet-letter me as a Trump supporter or a right-wing extremist. I, like most Americans, am anti-Trump and anti-woke, but our voice is squeezed out of a public sphere that thrives on binary, us vs them antagonism. And too many people, especially young people where our best hope should lie, fall for it. We need to obliterate the old, deadening left-right spectrum pronto!

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