These days Leftist and Liberal gets bandied about as an insult with little thought given to what it actually means.
I believe in family, in community, civic participation and responsibility. I believe we are an interconnected society and need to take others into consideration, even though I have a huge independence streak running through me, the two can go together.
Why do Republicans need to demonize me? I believe economically all pockets need to have holes in them or capitalism becomes dysfunctional, as we see in America these days. The rampant hoarding by the super rich is an abomination and self-destructive in the long run.
I also believe that our planet’s biosphere is our life support system and deserves to be understood, appreciated, protected and nurtured with the future in mind. What’s so demonic about all that?
Though, at the same time, when I’m listening to this or that liberal spouting off, too often I find it too easy to roll my eyes and understand why so many on the right are repulsed. That’s why I’ve been looking around to see what thinkers have to say about liberalism in order to get a better handle on the term and how much of it still fits with my perceptions.
In stepped Erik Lindberg who wove together many threads to form an excellent coherent 3,600 word essay that resonated with my experience driven thoughts throughout. His parting shot,
with the historical conviction that something like true belief must be adopted
serves as an excellent segue into a review of Earth Centrism and recognizing the fact of Earth being our fundamental touchstone with reality, not to mention the origin of our birth and our destination upon death - and to consider what can be done with such an insight.
First, lets review key excerpts from Lindberg’s What is Liberal?
Originally published by Resilience (I’ve added paragraph breaks, highlights.)
- May 22, 2017
- (Note: Lindberg’s entire essay is well worth reading.)