#111 4/28/11Write about something you used to believe. Bonus: What changed? If you had to pick one of your beliefs right now that is most likely to change in the future, what would it be? I used to believe that people were fair and reasonable even if their politics were different from mine. I used to believe that they thought that I was fair and reasonable even if my politics were different than theirs. I now can see that an increasing proportion of the population seems to have the need to villify the other side. That concerns me. Each side screams and points and says the other side isn’t doing their ‘fair share’…but who is the decider of what is fair? Golly—-it really feels like a cross between the days of pre-WWII Europe and being part of Monty Python and the Holy Grail. No one can decide I am selfish or unfair—a lot of them haven’t even met me. They automatically assume I am a certain way. Boy—I don’t recall things being this way years ago, but perhaps I wasn’t paying attention.
Here is the belief that I hope changes in the future. Right now I do NOT believe it is safe to discuss my politics, my political and economic views, and my voting history. It used to be that I felt completely free to do that. Personally, I really can no longer tolerate feeling attacked. So I cannot put myself at risk. Is that crazy? Admittedly, yes. However, I don’t function welll when I feel attacked. . . so the belief? I always believed that everyone had freedom of speech in this country. In a way they still do. But it used to be that people would consider how what they were about to say would affect the person they were saying it to or about. I believe that level of consideration may return at some point. If I didn’t believe that, I would truly despair.