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Thursday, November 18, 2004

Terry Mattingly highlights one liberal journalist's reflections on this election. It's in the form of a confession: "The churched people who embrace Bush, in spite of a bumbling war and a stumbling economy, are more than alien to me. They are invisible. ... My blind spots blot out half of America. And that makes me less of a citizen, and less of a journalist" This is the challenge for all of us, to begin to connect with and understand the values of the other. It's a credit to this journalist's liberalism that he sees this as a problem which ought to be overcome.

But I should note: such a process will not work if it's rooted in a one way exchange. The desire to learn and to be open to each other, even to the point of transformation works to the degree that both sides are committed to this process and it's end. It cannot be the result of victors imposing the conditions of living together, that is the victor wins and it's up to us on the losing side who needs to modify our beliefs and activities in deference to the victor. This journalist's tone is the one all sides need to be working with: the problem is I've yet to see a single conservative echoe the same sentiments.

So here's my challenge to anyone reading the site. I'd like to find one article anywhere where a conservative says: we need to understand the other, whether it's liberal religionists, gay and lesbians, atheists or other folks voted for Kerry. I just want one piece by one conservative who suggests that there is something of value in the 47% of Americans who voted for John Kerry that is worthy of understanding, that needs to be taken seriously. I've seen articles on our elitism, on our insincerity when it comes to matters of religion, but nothing of wanting to learn from us.

6 Comments:

At 6:59 PM , Blogger Mumcat said...

You may be waiting quite a while -- at least until the second coming I suspect.

But then again, hope springs eternal....

 
At 5:26 AM , Blogger Marcus said...

Dwight, no conservative believes or would ever say anything faintly like Terry Mattingly highlights one liberal journalist's reflections on this election. It's in the form of a confession: "The churched people who embrace Bush, in spite of a bumbling war and a stumbling economy, are more than alien to me. They are invisible. ... My blind spots blot out half of America. And that makes me less of a citizen, and less of a journalist" This is the challenge for all of us, to begin to connect with and understand the values of the other. It's a credit to this journalist's liberalism that he sees this as a problem which ought to be overcome.Nor, for that matter, should any adult. To say such a thing is to admit you have a very weird mind that will not let you notice people who don't agree with you. They seem so foreign to you, so alien, so "other."

And what an utterly disastrous admission for a journalist! How totally unsuited for his profession such a blind man must be!

Good grief. You liberals are so weird some times.

 
At 1:07 PM , Blogger CK said...

I found one, sorta. It's titled "Learning From Liberals."

http://www.therant.us/staff/migliaccio/learning_from_liberals.htm

I don't think it's weird at all to admit that you ignore people/things that you disagree with or don't make sense to you. Everyone does it--we're bombarded with so many ideas and objections to the beliefs that we hold that if we were to pay attention to all of them, we'd be constantly re-assessing the coherency of our entire system.

So we ignore conspiracy theories, studies which don't jive with our beliefs, facts leaning towards or against evolution, weird stuff that makes us think aliens might exist, etc.

What is sad is when PEOPLE that hold different beliefs get ignored, in a systematic sort of way. Why conservatives may not succumb to this is probably because they don't ignore, they villify. Liberals are a part of their belief structure, as an alien other, yes, but more so, as something to negative. They don't need to recognize our existence, but to rework how we actually fit into their beliefs.

 
At 1:08 PM , Blogger CK said...

Typo Correction: "something to negate" not "something to negative." Sorry about that.

 
At 11:49 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sorry, but my Religious conservative board debunked every one of your claims. Care to debate?


http://pheupelence.suddenlaunch.com/


Tim

 
At 9:45 PM , Blogger Drina said...

Stranger things have happened. Cheney's still alive, the BoSox won the series, and Bush was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize. A conservative willing to understand people Republicans love to hate could be possible. Could be.

 

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