I have had some comments on this blog over the months attacking me or assuming that because of my pro-human rights hopes (ie. equal rights for all peoples, regardless of sexual preference), because of my frustrations with the US President, and because I have hopes of a world where poverty is extinguished, that I am a liberal.
Now while the title of this post might lead some to think of post-conservative as anti-conservative, I think I must clarify. I just mean that my time in the conservative parts of the nation, within the conservative parts of the social structure, and within the conservative parts of religious and philosophical thought have led me to want to venture beyond it. I am a recovering conservative fundamentalist. But I don't really desire to become a fundamentalist for the other side... Liberals can be just as fundamentalist as the right.
My hope is to somehow look forward at where we can go as humanity. My hope is that we will eventually be able to hear each other's sides of the dialogue. That is at least what we are trying to do.
I think one of the tell-tale signs that America has gone in a sad direction in holding onto its ethnocentric fundamentalism is that after 9/11, we never stopped to say why might they have done this... and could they have had any 'validity' in their angst against the US. (I am not saying that I think 9/11 was a good thing.) Instead of using that as a moment where we could evaluate our position in the world and our relation with other peoples, we just punched back... on whomever we could find. A line was quickly drawn, and we were the good guys. And it's not that simple.
I think America is a great country, full of hope and inspiration and generosity... but also full of greed, manipulation, selfishness, and narrow-mindedness. And that is what I critique, as an insider, as a member of this thing called the USA.
I do wish we could move beyond all the name calling and silly assumptions, but I have to recognize that I am at least as much a part of the problem as any 'fundy' whom I would seek to dialogue with... and for that I apologize.
So, here's to moving forward... Cheers!