You all can imagine that there are many times when I wish I were situated in a place where I could dedicate my thoughts strictly to the question of truth. But when it comes to things like religion and politics, there is usually another layer that is also in play. For religion, there is the question of the impact of truth and truth discussions on faith. For politics, there are questions of keeping the system moving and getting re-elected.
Like Dubois said about the identity of an African-American, those in religion and politics have two identities--who you think you are and who other people think you are. I like what Obama said to O'Reilly last week about those who hate him. He said he didn't worry about it because they didn't know him. In so many words, they only knew a caricature of him. I know I have misjudged others before because of the blanks I filled in with my mind, rather than leaning on what I actually saw of them face to face.
All of this is to thank those of you who disagree with me from time to time here on the blog. It would be more comfortable no doubt if only people who agreed with me commented here. But isn't that our problem? Democrats only talk to Democrats and get more extreme, or libertarians only talk to libertarians and get more extreme. When Wesleyans only talked to other Wesleyans, let's face it we were pretty bizarre in some ways.
So thank you for your loyal opposition. I learn from you and I hope I at least make you think from time to time.