Thursday, October 19, 2017

An Age of Division

It's not the easiest thing in the world trying to move forward as a creative in an atmosphere that is increasingly polarized, and becoming less rational and honorable by the minute. 

I will forever be grateful that my parents raised me from day one to see each person as an individual and not someone to categorize in a group.  I didn't encounter categorizations until the world at large taught me about them.  I never felt comfortable when encountering those who seemingly felt a need to put each person into a certain category, whether that be gender, racial/ethnic, religious, or something other.

Today, that dynamic is exacerbated to a tremendous degree, where we are all being labeled in categories and being more than subtly guided as to who we should be opposed to, hate, or shun.

Anyone that has read my work or knows me is well-aware that I do not fit into any box.  I see people as individuals and my positions could be described as libertarian (small "l", not the political party which is about ineffective as a political party could possibly get).

Some of my positions would be described as liberal, some conservative, and some centrist.  I am an open-minded thinker and look at things on a case by case basis, evaluating things mostly on how much they embrace individual freedom.

It is one reason why I do love the United States and what it stands for.  For all its flaws, the United States is unique historically in that it (at least in theory) looks at rights as being natural in nature, not granted by humankind or government.  In that area it really stands apart and warrants defending, as the concept of natural rights can conceivably pull people in the right direction and away from totalitarian vibes that are sweeping much of the world, with clever sugar-coating using terms like democracy and freedom, when the latter is being constrained more and more with each passing day.

This is why it is not an easy path doing what I do today.  I have friends and work with individuals who are all over the spectrum, in terms of the aforementioned categories.  They are at each other's throats more than ever before, and it is dismaying as I see them ignoring their true adversaries; a group that works very well together and occupies not the 1% level...but the .1% level economically.

That upper crust knows the value of cooperation and cohesiveness, the very things they seek to divide in the rest of the world.  This is a big part of many of the themes that I explore in my work as a writer.

I would like to see people come to their senses and realize that they have so much more to gain by becoming individually empowered, and working together in a cohesive fashion, than they do in falling prey to divisiveness and those who would lock the chains of massive governmental control over them.

It will take a big awakening, but it can happen.  If it does, and people realize the power of individuals, a society with abundance and success like no other in history is capable of emerging.

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