WHY BE A LIBERAL? TO SAVE THE EARTH!

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Why become a liberal?

I thought they were some kind of problem, not a solution.

Quite right.

About being told liberalism is some sort of negative pull on society and human advancement, that is.

First I must make a few points before I continue on about liberalism.

RELIGION: CONSERVATISM OR LIBERALISM?

We can imagine the societal atmosphere that is described around the life of Jesus Christ; He was persecuted, not because He was a conservative, like the Scribes and Pharisee, but because He was what I call—the Original Liberal. It was the challenge to entrenched power interest; economic, political and religious, that presented the resistance to His insights. The poor and disadvantaged, generally, where who flocked to His populist message of spiritual responsibility and redemption.

The public, most any public, tends to follow the lead of what they view as their leaders, particularly when critical thinking for oneself is often in someway punished, or when ideas themselves are restricted to a conserved box. We easily can internalize power interest control features, as we are made aware of the “benefit”, or see as obvious that their lives depend upon it. I will go into this more later on an aside in regards to mind control and propaganda.

Christ offered compassion toward the sick and poor, and chastised people to look into themselves before blaming others, instead, offering the spiritual imperatives of compassion, empathy and their implied common human understanding. But on wealth and excess, He urged caution and introspection around the neglect of the needs of society, while offering questions as to ones own love of having. Christ implied spiritual imperatives that are an anathema to entrenched power.

In time, no matter what one tends to call oneself; atheist, conservative, Christian, evangelical, communist, or whatever, the status coming with power’s seductive privilege, comes to corrupt and reverse spiritual and humanitarian imperatives. First casting suspicion upon their motives, then making them tagged spirituality as a negative influence in general. We now have many Christian leaders, apparently, being anti Christ teachings, yet using His name to direct followers into darkness, while pointing around at just who might be the Antichrist, over there.

Power comes to change, not only the very meanings of words, but often to reverse the sociocultural “framing” of religious and moral conceptions to serve power at the expense of individual out-workings of true universal spirituality. Abstract spiritual concepts that can be tagged onto, us and thems, come to act as lanterns being carried by leaders who gather their sheep into confines where power and influence remain in those leaders hands.

{Those under mind control techniques from political, socio-economic and religious self focused paradigms, may be challenged to continue after “getting” the thrust of this article’s premise. They will have encountered a critical thinking crippling device known as Thought-terminating cliché, or other blocking programing that diverts questioning for probing deeper truth. Conservatism denies any deeper truth than whatever the brand they are now using.

Deeper truth will not even be acknowledged, and may well be conceived of as a form of deception, to trick one from the “true path”. I have even personally heard in grammar school of the initial critical thinking occurrence of naive doubt, being called the temptation of Satan, and not ones God given critical thinking ability meant to distinguish fact from mere assumption or allegation. Groups use these manipulative techniques to control minds, not to have them be free to know and test truth independently. There is a big controlling reason for that.

This presentation is for those with some self integrity still intact, those still able to use their Life given abilities to test reality in their own experience, and not just in hierarchical taught and guided abstractions pretending to be known.]

LIBERALISM CONSTANTLY IS UNDER ATTACK FROM POWER INTEREST

We have been bombarded with this narrative of some sort of problematic basic deception about liberalism. It has been equated by various “conservative” interest around the world, since it can present a kind of threat to one way or no way thinking endemic to conservative ideologies. But as I will present; it is the dead end certainties of conservatism, with their emotionalized absolutes, that now present a potential extinction event to life on earth.

In the United States, where I live, conservatives declared a kind of “culture war”, seemingly necessary to build up the ranks of conservatism that became threatened after the Allies victory in World War Two. While many who fought knew of the effectiveness of union in a common cause, along with the greater sense of a kind of evil being defeated by common effort, that common mission paradigm had to be undone for conservative mindsets to prosper. It is necessary for the psychology of “we” to be inferred, and those seeming not “us”, “others” implied. This then acts to change the unity dynamic to one of competition.

This competitive bias needed to be tagged onto individual identities, to keep societies engaged in this irreconcilable opposition mind frame. Once injected into a sense of us and them, many other notions can be tagged along as kinds of adjoined coattails. Now it is an open potentiality to remake individual identity into assumptions that can actually negatively impact the individual, all why being claimed as a coherent part of a “faith” or ideological world view that is all for the good.

Conservatism’s rejection of other opinion, along with fact or likelihoods that do not seem in sync with bias, creates a near permanent like dysfunction to conservatism’s out-workings as prescribed. Conservatives need to have a war waged upon reason itself, so we see knowledge and nuanced analysis often rejected by conservatism as suspicious an misleading. Conservatism often then assumes to have common sense, or biased “obvious” assumptions circulated back to the particular conservative ideology’s preferences in perception. Often the final assumption is ascribed by the leading ideologies presumption.

In the US, the conservative right declared a kind of war for hierarchical power interest to become an entrenched status quo, framing the common good as a concept that serves the status quo to be relevant. A “Trickle Down” perspective is conceived to be the natural hierarchical order of society, and attempts to make society more fair, honest and inclusive, or otherwise just, are tagged as very bad anti Darwinian mistakes, or otherwise acting as a negative influence upon character. Way far away from perspectives such as offered by Jesus Christ, yet many who claim to be Evangelical Christians have been corralled into this branded fold, where they act as God, judge and jury over who deserves to live decent life.

Fortunes were spent to create an infrastructure to produce ideological clones from institutions such as right wing “think tanks” and conservative educational facilities. From their view, to counter the “liberal bias” in education. If one thinks about it, or is allowed to, we can see how the press and educational institutions should be liberal; to be open and offer the widest contest on defining the societal interest. That instead of one being handed down by a highly paid to think one way “think tank” or ideological machine.

LIBERALISM IS NECESSARY TO SAVE THE COMMONS FROM DESTRUCTION; THUS SAVING LIFE ON EARTH

What should be obvious about conservatism’s self serving us and them mind sets, and liberalism’s universal attempts to balance the common human interest of humankind, are not. Instead, vast associations of slanted suggestion are continuously ascribed to liberalism via a relativistic corporate media bias, and status quo authoritarian mindsets. These come flowing out from power interest to keep the imbalance in society that favor their own power, status, material and emotional perks, that come from actually leading the charge against The Commons, but conceived of as a fight for what is true and right. Abstraction can disguise a host of sins.

These self serving attempts at distorting perception and identity interest have gone as far as to inoculate some religious communities with ideas that; they cannot do wrong. Cannot make mistakes. The leaders word is gospel. Cannot include others different than themselves in respect for belief. In the socioeconomic realm, minority and other sub cultures are tagged as different and not deserving of the same considerations as “us”. Much ad-hominem emotionalize bias is often infused into buzzwords and other symptoms of the prior mentioned thought-terminating cliché.

Conservatism in the world sense, is highly subjective. It’s spiritual tenets though unavoidable connected in some manner to reality, are group dynamic concepts. Religion can spread from where it begins, but it originates in a subjective place with respect to the other beliefs in the world. There are likely some who still believe the earth is flat, since they cannot believe in its roundness as obvious.

This is subjectivism can apply to any group or culture. This includes a basic assumption for all the worlds conservative traditional religions; they are believed to be true or right because the individual was born into them. Literally a geographical marker of sorts. The world is whole, however, and believing it is flat because your group says it is, is to be likely against truth and The Divine Being Itself.

And this is the dramatic mistake of conservatism, to be divided against the world due to locality and not principle or truth. It is why they are always rationalizing the ever new world as needing to spin backwards, against the way of God and Life. Conservatism equates to opposition due to subjective difference across the world. This does not make conservative notions automatically wrong.

They certainly do perceive truths. It does make it ever problematic as compared to liberalism. Liberalism seeks to bring the subjective into the light or reason, the torchlight of discerning fact from fiction. No. It does nt make liberalism always right or the creator or a perfect world. It is a way of saying yes to life’s challenges, instead of just spinning the world backward. As if reality was trapped somewhere in the past. When human being unite into a subjective “boat”, they become well bonded to the need for one another against the ever-present liberal sea.

There becomes a kind of communal bonding that occurs, when a group consensus is reached over ideas that have little basis in the factual world. A form of bonded mysticism is created. It, the belief, feeds off of the faithful agreement of others, which feeds off of the concepts alleged to be true via consensus. A circle of conceptual dependency is manifest that defines the groups “true” identity. Yet it can all be a hall of mirrors.

CONSERVATIVES SEEK TO DESTROY LIBERALISM, WHILE LIBERALISM CONDONES CONSERVATISM

The mix of conservative need to preserve hierarchical social structures, while pandering to populist conceptions to corral followers and voters, has now been equipped with cultural tagging of “our” kind of music, our kind of food choice, our kind of lifestyle, our kind of news or opinion sources. That individuals so corralled recognize themselves as such is always stealthily disguised in the “fight” against the wrongs and the others in society. This is conservatism’s dependency on other humans to be defined as bad, acting as scapegoats when the ideology does not magically make perfect peace through time. Conservatives require what appears to them to be human failure and corruptions to kept the flock ideologically in line with powers perceptions of the world.

Conservatives are rendered small minded and unable to comprehend or understand the greater world of human being and relationship, for they are walled off. There walls are painted to appear as a source of pride and belonging. The truncating of conservatives spiritual perception and sense of connection to the larger world, can be perceived by them as a bastion of order amidst a sea or disorder and dishonesty. In this conservative small world view, we now have certain Christians pining for the Rapture. A kind of contempt for others who do not believe the same, is a conservative trademark. The perverse pride in being believed to be Gods favorites, is not seen for the contemptuous and ego maniacal glorification’s of the self, in Gods name, that they are.

The forces of conservatism are bound to clash as the world becomes more and more integrated. In the stress of this conglomeration of philosophies and belief systems running into one another, conservatism offers the least malleable and least able to address the changing environments on earth and human interrelationship. This dysfunctional nature to conservative belief systems becomes a problematic scheme, for clashes of conservative paradigms could obliterate life on earth. Otherwise not acknowledging, or being responsible for suicidal practice in regard to living systems on planet earth, is not a correct response to life’s challenges to survive which we are now facing.

The tansformative spiritual necessity to forgive; forgiveness, is perhaps the most powerful spiritual deed one can manifest, yet in so much conservative establishments, forgiveness is offered only to those who act just as conservative status hierarchies would require. For love to be most real, even love of or for a Divine Being, ir must e offered without condition.

Much of conservatism as we now conceive of it, believes that God as well as rightness, or moral characteristics, can be foisted upon a population, denying the individuals meritorious path of discovering and knowing truth and how to value Its Majesty oneself. In the name of God and or goodness, Values and morals are mistakenly conceived to be imposed by society upon the individualal; guaranteeing an immature spiritual perspective vulnerable to manipulation and demagoguery in the name of right.

Liberalism seems to recognise this fundamental error in judgement, or of judgement, tending to hold accountability to the economic functioning of society where wealth and privilege can be held accountable without moralizing. It is a srt of shame that some can be made to do the right thing monetarily toward the commons without having to be cast as bad or other.

Yet it is often with conservatism here in the US, that taxes and other balancing platforms for the common good are demonized by the right, while societies real survival needs are left to a misplaced faith in individual or corporate “success” to somehow magically addresses the needs of society. This assumes that society directly working on issues is somehow bad, or given a buzzword blindfold such as “socialism”, for the fantasy that problems will eventually be addressed by some all seeing and all good “free market”. A market that is most often fixed to benefit those who already have access, often to the point of buying out or undermining smaller businesses in the same arena. Nothing truly free about it, except free to exploit and do whatever one can get away with and have called legal.

We all need to be liberal to give Creation a continuing chance with us. Or It will do without us. The world is one whole, it is actually not made up of us and them’s, but rather, humankind seeking to keep and care for its home. Those who deny this are engaging in a suicide pack that intends to take us all down wit them.

We become liberals to save this world from our own ignorance and pride. That takes a bit of courage amidst the nonstop whining express liberalism is always faced with.

Those who condemn liberalism, know not what they do.

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