We seem to be a society of generalizations. Left. Right. Yellow Journalism. Overpaid teachers. Pit bulls are bad. Blondes are dumb. I could go on and on.
There’s a danger in generalizing, because rarely can a whole society fit into such neat classifications. Yes, we have those on the “right” – conservatives – and we have those on the “left” – liberals. But we also have a lot of people who are neither but are both, depending on the issue.
I wonder why – why, for instance, can’t we be fine with gun ownership as long as it’s responsible ownership, yet opposed to high capacity, high volume weapons? Why can’t we be for thorough national background checks, and not against all gun ownership? Why can’t we compromise, be reasonable, recognize the need for change?
Why can’t we be mostly liberal, but not completely? Why can’t we be passionate about our beliefs without being considered slightly rabid? Why can’t we defend our position without demeaning the position of others?
Why can’t we acknowledge that many of our journalists are very good, are honest, wish to report the news as it is, whether or not we agree with all of what they say? Why must we say “the press is bad” without acknowledging that not all of the press is bad. For the most part, when they sensationalize, I think it’s because that’s what we are willing to pay for, to listen to, to read.
We are reactionary. We are not thoughtful. These are my generalizations – and I use them, when I should add that I recognize we are not all reactionary all of the time, we are not all thoughtless, all of the time.
Is it too much to hope that we can be thoughtful, that we can search out the truth, that we can think through topics without being told what we should believe if we are going to be “good” people? Is it too much to ask that we can support our country without supporting a governing body or a system of government that is not working? Can we not be against wars, yet support our young people who fight those wars?
Is it too much to wish that our government would learn to govern in a manner that’s best for it’s people and country, rather than put political party first? Will we learn anything from history before it’s too late?
We can hope.