Left Ahead

God told me today I shouldn’t be be angry at the political conservatives, I should feel sorry for them. I mean, sure they’re doing their best to fight against the very-Christian idea of universal health care, and sure they’re doing their best to make sure that myself and other homosexuals not only won’t be allowed to get married but won’t be allowed to even have the same civil rights as married couples, and sure there’s any number of other progressive movements that scare them so much that they’re fighting them tooth and nail, but hey, think how hard it must be on them to spend so much of their time scared of everything around them.

And that’s what it really boils down to, simple fear. The essence of Progressivism is to see ways in which the world can be better and then try and make the changes that will bring about that better world. The essence of Conservatism is to see all the ways that changing the world can screw it up. Conservatives know that a bird in the hand is worth two in the bush; Progressives know that you can’t make an omelette without breaking a few eggs.

In their way, each of them is right.

But if you’re going to be right, wouldn’t it be more enjoyable to be on the side that gets to imagine the good things to come rather than worry about the bad things? And another thing to think about. What would the world be like if progressives always got their way? You don’t know? Well I don’t either, so there’s a whole universe of possibilities to consider. But what would the world be like if conservatives always got their way? That one we do know, if conservatives always got their way, we’d still be living in caves.

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