I’ve always tried to be moderate and logical. I really dislike it when people have an idea and refuse to consider any other side of the argument – even good ideas – because it is in conflict with their presuppositions. I TRY not to do that, but it’s hard. It’s especially hard when you are trying to take a stand for something and spread those ideas. So here I am – trying to take a stand and trying not to become so in-gulped in my own ideas that I ignore everyone else’s.
Just last night I was talking to my wife about the Tornados that came through last week and whether the National Government should step in and help or not. On the one hand I thought that it is up to the individual to have insurance, up to private charities to help out, and up to the community to reach out and help. On the other hand I can see how people would so quickly rely on the Government to step in and help as that is what many of us are used to. Both ideas are aimed at helping people, I think.
I found myself on my “limited Government” soapbox for a minute proclaiming that “the Community” should come together and help out and stop relying on the Government! Chest thump and all! Then my wife said it – “What have you done for the Community lately.” (Touche’ Wife…)
She was right – amongst all of my “Community” arguments I haven’t done a damned thing for my own community lately. Sure I’ve cleaned up the neighborhood, helped out a friend, and kept my yard clean – but that doesn’t quite cut it for the community idea I had in mind – especially if you are going to argue that’s the way it should be. I could be painting an elderly couples fence, cleaning up trash on the side of the road, volunteering in local Government, etc., but I’ve been a big fat hypocrite relying on others to do the dirty work in the community at large.
This is sort of what the whole country has done I think (and why Government has become such a big part of our lives). For myself, I can respond to critique – especially coming from my wife. It’s time for me to step it up and not just help out in the neighborhood or in my own yard, but in the community. How can I expect everyone else to step up and do their part if I’m not doing it myself?
I have already contacted a few groups and organizations to get involved. I don’t want to be that fiscal-conservative-progressive-liberal-libertarian-moderate-naturalist (or whatever) that doesn’t practice what he preaches – so here I go.