The Left Vs. The Right
The battle between the left and right is an extension of the age-old battle
between women and men.
I try not to allow politics enter into friendship, unless
all people concerned can agree to disagree without the disagreement becoming
personal. On the other hand I don't apologize for my politics, either. When
politics to form the basis of and/or become an extension of one's ego, you
end up with people who automatically hate anyone who doesn't share their
same point of view. I happen to be conservative, and other people happen
to be liberal. I cannot change my politics, and when I argue a point of view
I strive to not allow my own ego to enter into the mix. In other words, I
don't back up my point of view with hatred (or anger, frustration,
resentment, etc.) for other points of view. When people agree with my
politics, I don't allow myself to get any sort of ego "boost" out of it
either. As a result, if someone calls me names, it doesn't bother me at all.
If someone agrees, that's fine, but it doesn't "bolster" my position or make
me "feel better" in any way. The entire point of a debate is to arrive at
the truth. If emotion and ego can be set aside, if the truth is hit upon, both sides win.
I happen to be an
Alan Colmes fan
Fox News Channel, even though Alan is liberal. I disagree
with much of his politics, however it's obvious to me that he doesn't try to
back up his own political opinions with hatred for opposing points of view.
As a result he's interesting to listen to.
The far right and the far left both make the mistake of allowing their
emotions to overrule their reason and common sense. When people argue in
this manner, nothing is ever resolved, no common truth is ever arrived at.
Emotion and ego carried to the extreme between men and women results in
domestic violence. Emotion and ego carried to the extreme in the political
arena results in wars.