As a non-religious person I am one who usually completely rejects dogmatic expressions of adherence. But I wonder if when progressivism is examined, why does it come out looking as if its adherents are indeed the “faithful?”
One of the first tenets of any organized religion is an unquestioning acceptance. I know some do question, but I remember when I was a regular church attendee and I asked some questions. My pastor told me verbatim “There are some things God will not answer and you must accept on faith.” I was always puzzled why a Creator would “create” us as such inquisitive creatures and then tell us we must accept “X” on faith. That sure does seem to be quite the contradiction.
Same/same with liberalism. The liberal “faithful” usually go along with their “teachers” dogma. I have engaged so many liberals in asking them to explain why they accept the liberal dogma and their answers usually range from the odd to the imperceptible, generously peppered with an unquestioning acceptance. As often as not the answer is amorphous – “we need to clean up the planet” or “there are so many poor people” and such as that. Do those who answer in such a manner grasp that they haven’t really answered the questions I’d asked in any way at all?
Instead their answers intimate that they are liberal because to be other than liberal is to be a contributor to poverty or a dirty planet. It’s sorta the “if ya ain’t fixing the problem, you’re part of the problem.” That’s BS. If I never litter, waste electricity or fuel and recycle, and demonstrate I am a good steward of my little section of “God’s green Earth” then how I am contributing to the bad? The truth is I am not in any way being irresponsible to the planet, but it is exceedingly easy to say since I am a conservative I am a bad person.
Isn’t it obvious that conservatism is about preserving the status quo, thus our belief in status quo would by definition mean we favor protecting the planet? I did not inherit a trash filled yard thus I will keep my yard pristine. Isn’t this obvious?
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