This post was inspired by Kenneth Houck's blog.....
I'm going to waste my breath here as I've done on other blogs and sites so very often. Let me, first off, get rid of about 80% of those reading this:
Both 'sides' are wrong.
You're still here so I'll continue:
Both sides are right.
You might think that I mean that each side is right in some things and wrong in others. That may, or may not, be true, but it's not my point and I couldn't care less about that.
Neither side is able to understand "where the hell those other idiots are coming from." This, contrary to what both sides claim, is NOT because those others are stupid, greedy, uneducated, illiterate, selfish, bleeding-hearts, do-gooders, and all the other childish epithets you hurl at each other, no matter how deeply you may believe that to be true.
Here's what IS true.
You live in two different worlds..... literally! Psychologists tell us that they can detect actual differences in the brains of each side. Let me give you one typical example. For some of you, waking up to a bright, sunny, beautiful day brings a longing to toss work over for the day, and get yourself outside to enjoy it. For others it means that it abounds with opportunities to check out some properties you're interested in investing in. You too want to "get out there and enjoy it" but in a very different way than those who want to re-claim their very selves from the daily grind of wage slavery.
This does not mean that either of you fails completely to understand the other's point of view, just that the most important and overwhelming option for each of you is completely different. The other point of view is known to you but only as an option that is very far down on your list of priorities. As I said, you live in two different worlds.
But you agree on some very important things. Both of you think that your own personal desires are the "right" ones under the circumstances; so "right" that you must think of the other person's point of view as completely ridiculous. Unfortunately, you also think this about a great many things where you see the world differently.
From each standpoint you are "right" and the other side is "wrong." Can you understand the concept of both of you being "right?" And both of you being "wrong"..... all at the same time?
Now one area where you are both wrong is that you seem to think that it is the purpose of society to support your own point of view; to ensure that the idiotic ideas, of them other guys, of how society works, is held in check by your version of "reality."
Wrong! It is not the job of a social system to ensure the dominance of one faction over another; at least, not in any society attempting democracy. It is the job of the society to ensure that the social system can accommodate those of each differing point of view. Accommodate them in peace and harmony.
In this, our present society is failing badly. It has not taught tolerance of other points of view. It has not taught respect for the persons who hold different points of view. It has allowed each side to strip all consideration for "the others" as fellow humans and citizens from our thoughts. When we reject the ideas of "the others' we now also reject them as human. This is so wrong that we all ought to feel very bad about doing this. But we don't. We excuse ourselves by saying that we are "forced" to do this because "they" do it to us.
Can you see how childish and counter-productive this is? Do you see where this will inevitably lead? It's not toward a better democracy is it? It leads only toward a fascist state where whoever rules will force all "others" to conform to the thinking and ways of the dominant side. What a shitty world that will be. We see it starting in our present world. How do you like it so far?
It is time to regain our tolerance of those others. No, you don't have to be tolerant of their idiotic ideas; but ideas are NOT people. you DO have to regain your respect for the others as fellow humans. Once you can put that respect for others first - above all other ideas - then is the time to debate the merits of each side's point of view.
What do you think?