I have pretty much given up on the hope that those who are part of the Radical Right/Fear tribe will ever really understand my view of the world or that I will understand theirs. All we seem to be able to do lately is to scream at each other across the red/blue abyss that separates us. Is that a fruitful way to spend the rest my life? Maybe it’s time go down a different path? That is the thought in this post.
We, in the United States, used to have a common bond but that seems to be fracturing now. There are two basic mentalities that currently dominate.
Red Tribe – There are those whose primary emotion is fear of the unknown. Fear of scientific advancements, fear of automation, fear of strangers, and especially fear that their way of life might be changing. This group wants things to remain static. They welcome new products and services that make their life easier but still fear the technology that made them possible. They fear that their loss of majority status will mean others will lord over them as they have done over others in the past. Finally, they fear that their religion is losing prominence and therefore relevance in the world.
Blue Tribe – There are those who see one of the most basic things in life is “change”. They are constantly looking for ways to do things better. They recognize that change often brings on apprehension but it also brings on much-needed progress. They celebrate technological advances that help us live longer more fruitful lives. They believe that diversity is at the core of the success in our country. They don’t fear the future but instead embrace it and the challenges it brings.
I think these two groups have always been around but the Us vs Them mentality is so dominant now. Will we ever be able to fill the deep divide between us?
Getting back to my personal story, I am in my eighth decade now so I have decided to drop out of this war of different moralities and let those younger than me fight it from here on out. I will continue to provide insight that my years of experiences have provided but I will no longer be a soldier in this war. I will continue as I always have to vote at every opportunity but I will no longer try to convince those who I see as unconvincible.
My new mantra in life is “One day at a time” and each day is simply too valuable to waste on those adamantly opposed to the moralities that have driven my life. I pray that those who have many more years in front of them than behind take up the mantle I am dropping for I fear the consequences if they don’t…