I am diminished when, for your own purposes, you call me a minority and suggest that I am incapable of getting myself to the voting booth without you.
I am diminished when, for your own purposes, you call me uneducated and suggest that I am incapable of making critical decisions because I lack a formal education.
I am diminished when, for your own purposes, you use images and hollow words to stimulate and excite me, to distract me from the realities of life.
I am diminished when, for your own purposes, you call me a racist and infuriate the crowd to a level of static that overpowers my voice in the public arena.
I am diminished when, for your own purposes, you suggest you are brighter and more intelligent than I and that I am better off when you are empowered to take care of me.
Who am I?
Collectively, I am the fiber and sinew that holds America together. But to maintain my fragile promises of freedom and justice, you must fight for me and protect me with pride and love because I am being transformed and forgotten, and I am hurting.
The Quantum State of Consent
Posted: 10 Feb 2018 04:34 PM PST
56% of younger millennials identify as Christian. 2% as Jewish or Muslim. 1% as Buddhist. And 36% as nothing. That's double the number that made up the "nones" among baby boomers. Being a "none" often means having no sense of purpose, except to seek personal happiness and make the world a better place by recycling, opposing Trump and calling out racism. It also means a moral code based on academic analysis of power relationships between races, genders and sexual orientations.
"Only a virtuous people are capable of freedom," Benjamin Franklin cautioned more simply.
These aren't abstractions. Nor are they measured on some vast scale of civilizations. They define how we live our ordinary lives. They are why this debate is taking place.
Free people consent. But freedom comes from virtue. Freedom without virtue is anarchy. And anarchy ends in brutality and tyranny. That outcome isn't only expressed in riots in the streets. It emerges in smaller and more intimate matters, like the debate over consent.
Freedom of consent is failing. The left wants to replace it with brutality and tyranny. The brutality of online smear campaigns and the tyranny of campus kangaroo courts. But a secular right has no replacement for it either except the more libertarian brutality and tyranny of the individual.
What we forgot is that we don't truly have freedom of consent, until we have purpose.