TODAY’S WORD: Liberal
Someone recently labeled me a ‘liberal.’ Not sure how they meant that but if they meant someone who cares deeply about the earth and the people who live here, then I’m guilty as charged.
My Webster’s dictionary goes further and defines ‘liberal’ as:
“A political philosophy based on a belief in progress, the essential goodness
of man, the autonomy of the individual and standing for the protection of
political and civil liberties.”
That all sounds very good to me. I’m at a loss to understand when and why the term became a disparaging word. I can only assume it’s because the true definition has been lost in the oceans of heated rhetoric thrown back and forth between folks who disagree on the best way to govern our country.
My plea would be for each of us to set aside our own belief system from time to time to really hear what the other ‘side’ is saying. I’m certain there are good people on both sides of the political spectrum and that there are, in fact, areas where the spectrum overlaps. Defensively, we become so entrenched in what we already ‘know’ that we close our ears and minds to anything that appears to question that.
A democracy relies on reaching agreement and compromise in order to exist. Other forms of government close the door to discussion of the issues and apply a ‘one size fits all’ paradigm which doesn’t allow for discussion or questioning. I’m all for having both liberals and conservatives in the conversation of how to retain our democracy, a conversation I would hope would be based on the common good of our nation.
Until Next Time Friends!
Ellie Pulikonda, Author/Writer
(my book now on Amazon)