Friday, March 16, 2012
A political philosophy of kindness and solutions (#1141)
I could easily have entitled this the opposite but why should I start my day out in negative thoughts when I could do it this way and list the positive nature of political leadership. Political leadership begins with assessing the reality of how our political policies are doing in the areas of education, health and safety, economics, social equality etc... In doing the evaluation, we must never forget to keep what is the best interest of our democracy as the guiding theme. For me, the beauty of our Declaration of Independence is the famous sentence that establishes a baseline for basic human rights: "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness." Our US Constitution was also written such that it could be amended to make it more perfect to our society as it grows and matures. All of this is to say that we need to change with the reality of new experiences and innovations. As our society faces challenges we must be ready to alter our present to accommodate a better future. What has happened instead is that change has not been embraced despite the fact of it's reality. Some who control our government choose to revert back to old solutions that are comfortable to some but bring discomfort to the many. We need forward thinking souls as our representatives as they will be at the ready to adapt our society as needed in a way that utilizes wisdom and kindness as solutions instead of brutish tactics that allow for suffering as a remedy. We are an optimistic species and not maintaining our optimistic kindness in the guidance of our society is antithetical and anathema to who we are.