Wednesday, January 28, 2009
Irrational Fear Area Dead Ahead
My goodness. One would have thought that as a nation we had grown up enough to outgrow our fear of the Socialist Boogeyman and the Communist Bump in the Night. Who knew that they were just hiding in the dark corners of the national minds and hearts, waiting patiently for the day that a sufficient number of people said, "Hey! Let's do something REALLY radical for a change, and vote for a change? Let's try electing someone who is not white, male, and Anglo-Saxon! Someone who wants us to stop doing things the way we have always done them. Someone who believes that there might be a better way to make things work. Someone who is willing to listen to the rest of us who would like to see a truly kinder, gentler, more generous and more inclusive country and government". Then, hey, nonny, out jumped the hiding ghoulies, shrieking "EEEEK! We can't have this! This is socialism, communism, anti-capitalism! You are undermining our livelihoods! You are stealing our rights! You are threatening our sacred way of life!" Here's a really radical thought: Maybe none of it is ours to begin with, so maybe we should stop being so afraid of losing what was given to us in the first place, and start sharing what we have been given. That's not socialism. Its much older than that, and its the way someone tried to teach us to live about 2,000 years ago.