Scranton column: upside down | CraigDailyPress.com
What’s great about our country is its resilience and ability to absorb the upside down ideas that come to us and figure out how to move forward collectively. One step ahead has always been done before – and will be in the future. The past 10 months have provided a great example of how things can get completely unexpected and difficult to deal with.
I have spent most of my life learning about the progressive nature of our culture and the importance of moving in a direction that gives most people a better, fuller sense of living in a republic. We have never been free, but we have had the freedom to determine for ourselves what inspires us to believe that if we believe enough in something, we are ready to accept the consequences of our decisions.
This concept seems to have been pushed into oblivion as our definition of freedom has taken on new ideas, causes and movements which call for a disqualification of responsibility on the basis of what is being protested. If it’s something we agree with – it’s a protest – violent as it is. If it’s something we don’t agree with – it’s a riot – peaceful as it is. The meaning of a word is quite important, and when violence is excused in the name of perceived good or evil, we embark on a narrow ideological path that does not offer much in terms of areas of consideration or avenues of redress. reconsideration.
In our celebration of diversity, we have decided that too much of anything is always a good thing, no matter what it may be. Defining a person by their identity has always been a powerful determinant of how we see ourselves. Identity has usually been shaped by a group of influential people who help us see both the error and the correctness of our beliefs and opinions. We generally fit into a pattern that has been forged by a fairly strong belief in the tenants of our Bill of Rights and our Constitution. No one has ever said that we are always right or that we do things perfectly, but that we have strived to make our nation a better place for those who come after us.
Lately, some have fallen headlong thinking, wrongly I believe, that we can be whatever we want to be no matter what we say and if they don’t agree they are misinformed, archaic, hostile, harassing, racist, phobic. For these people, objective truth is a matter of perception and if one is to believe that the earth is flat, one can find like-minded people. If one wants to identify as a lion, one can find like-minded people. If one wants to completely transform his body into a work of tattoo art, one can find like-minded people. Do you want to compete as a girl in women’s sport and not a biological girl – well, who are you to object to how it feels about her true personality?
But if you tell me that I’m wrong on planet Earth based on objective facts, or that this lion thing might just be a passing phase, or that turning my whole body into a tattoo canvas might hamper my ability to make successful life choices; or that the identification of sex in sport is necessary to allow the fairest competition for each competitor; then you would be crushing self-expression, are obviously stubborn and should be overturned in public opinion court for thought crimes.
It will eventually be turned upside down, but while a lot of things seem to be upside down right now; Keep a good supply of common sense on hand to help with balance.