What each of us personally defines as ‘Liberal’ or defines as ‘Conservative’ has the potential to vary. But we must not discount the fact that both may be trying to protect something that they believe needs to be protected. We may not believe in what another believes in. But I am not talking about a specific belief. I am talking about the protection of someone to hold a belief.
In some instances, not all, I sometimes personally compare what the liberal and what the conservative may protect to the protection of the Macro (for what some may consider the environment) versus the protection of the Micro (for what some may consider family unity). And some who are to the extreme may not wish to admit it but, often we need both the Macro and the Micro equally.
To ensure protection of both the Macro and the Micro, including our own beliefs, we must not let the extremist hijack the message. When the extremist hijacks the message, the message can become defined by the extremist. When a message is defined by the extremist the meaning, importance, and often the validity of the message can become distorted and clouded behind the rhetoric and the image of the extremist. We cannot let ourselves or others be deceived by the extremist rhetoric. Common sense and practicalities can become lost when the extremist leads.
What I fear is that something that is important that needs to be protected will not be. When the cause becomes associated with the extremist, the cause no matter how noble or justifiable, has the potential to become warped in the rhetoric of the extremist. Then, that cause has the potential to become invalidated in the eyes of the moderate as well as the opposing extreme. The loss of a cause can often be a loss to the community or future.
|Jeremy P. Boggess
About the Author
Ever since Jeremy Boggess was a small child, he has felt that there would be a chain of events set in motion and that his task would be to help us all through those changes.
He was born in 1971 in the United States of America, and in 2016 moved to Europe. In the 2000s he ran for the Idaho Senate several times as an independent with a desire to make a positive contribution to the lives of people. In 2008, while running for office, he self-published his first book of philosophical observations, Thoughts & Responsibilities. He graduated from Boise State University and Lewis-Clark State College with business degrees. Additionally, since childhood, he has studied philosophy and sociology because of his concern for the future of humankind.