Do people really think that this hostility towards people with different views will change that persons views? I have great compassion and sympathy for the issues of modern times, but I am just aghast at the way some people are going about trying to make changes.
Americans live in a country built on principles of human dignity. The living out of this ideal has been imperfect, and needs to continue to change. Every generation sees new ways of ferreting out oppression and growing in respect of each human. However, it seems like the concept of the present is to evolve humanity to the next level in one fell swoop. It doesn’t work like that.
At the same time, I do see how the problems with previous generations were a different form of modern efforts. The problem of founding a country on Judeo-Christian morals oppressed some people “for their own good.” This was wrong, but this was the understanding of evolving wisdom of respecting dignity. We cannot judge those who lived in a different era, but we can learn from them.
God made each one of us unique and special. We all have faults and strengths. I pray we learn from past eras, and work to find a more healthy way of respecting where people are in their beliefs and understandings, and that through our attempts to respect each person’s dignity, that this loving concern for others will help each of us grow past our biases and less than healthy treatment of each other.
You are all in my prayers as we survive the turmoil of these crazy times.