Is the left truly committed to compassion and inclusiveness as core values? Or, rather, is it committed to sympathy and inclusion for the specific types of people whom its deem worthy of them?
When I acknowledge that I am offended, I center my own pain. I acknowledge the fact that no healing will ever come unless I heal myself first. If I am offended, I have work to do.
I always cringe a bit when anyone starts a sentence with “The truth is…”. As soon as I hear this, I can be almost certain I am about to hear the speaker’s own opinions or limited personal perspectives, passed off as some grand truth about the universe.
Is it possible that by spitting hate and vitriol at rapist Brock Turner we simply reinforce the thought processes that got us here in the first place?
Americans don’t think much of atheists. According to a 2015 Gallup poll, 74% of Americans would vote for a qualified gay or lesbian for president. Only 58% would vote for an atheist. Forty percent would refuse to vote for an atheist.
What if not only are both compassion and consequences absolutely necessary for a functioning society, but they actually reinforce another?