I don’t have much faith in my fellow man. In fact, my own conservatism has much to do with the fact that I reject the entire notion of human improvement altogether. Grandiose liberal efforts do not work, not because they are simply led by the wrong kind of men, but because they are led by men, period. “Progressivism” is a great idea. But most progressives can’t balance their checkbooks much less create nirvana. “Feminism” sounds swell. Too bad females are most cruel to other women. “Multiculturalism” is well intentioned. Yet it seems every time different cultures cohabitate it creates more friction than friendship.
I’m a mess too. It amuses me sometimes that even though it is my job to give critical opinions on others behavior, I’m awful with money, eat poorly, drink too much and don’t spend enough time with friends and family. But then again, most of those same friends and family are guilty of the same flaws and faults. As I said to a liberal acquaintance once, who quickly became angry with me when discussing politics, “let’s try to be friends first, and if we can get that part right, then maybe we can save the world.” I think my words just made him angrier, he never did become my friend and as far as I know, he is still out there trying to save the world. From what I hear, he’s also still angry that it hasn’t worked out yet.
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