Note: This is part of an ongoing effort to define what it is we want, what we are fighting for as liberal/Progressive /Democrats. As we take power after the next election I believe we should define who we are and what we stand for. Both so people know what they are voting for, and so that we do not lose our principles to the glamor of power, as the Conservatives have.
We are born into this world as a blank slate.
Sure there are existing influences, the parents we are born to, their situation, their finances, the solidity of their commitment to each other, their religion, their political affiliation and beliefs are huge influences on who we become. Some even say that Karma from past lives influences who we are.
But each and every one of us has to ultimately make a series of choices who define who WE are in this life. This lifetime is ours and ours alone, no matter how much our human nature wants to blame someone else for all this crap! Overcoming the crap, overcoming the obstacles that we all face is part of the process of learning and growing, part of the process of choosing who we are. I am ME. I am responsible for who i am, no matter what circumstances or obstacles have been put in my way or what tragedies I have overcome, or what other people have tried to make me into. All of those conditions are valid on some levels as to what defined ME. But when I stand before St Peter, or kneel before the great Karmic judge (whatever the fuck that is, lol) I do NOT get to blame anyone else for what I made of my life. Whatever horrific circumstances I may have been born into, I have always had a choice as to how to respond. In my opinion, and this essay is pure opinion….The goal of life is not to see how much money you can accumulate, or how high you can rise in whatever hierarchy is handy, or how often you can get laid. It is to become the best person you can become, despite and informed by the circumstances. The goal is to take the clay that you have been given and to mold the best life out of it you can, become the best YOU you can be.
To that end, I am, politically speaking, a liberal.