PC's Several Laws
Liberals, conservatives, and libertarians all have good ideas and important roles. Folks likely won't admit it, but all of them miss something important about human nature and interactions. Wisdom can be widely sourced.
It's always personal. The actions of one's authority figures, family relationships, and sometimes new lovers, are what change people's minds. The fancy intellectual justifications come later. Such a person might never describe this process.
For the sufficiently cynical, there can be no good news. Always look for the worst and you will find it, or create it. Realistic optimism isn't being naive, it's a powerful, effective viewpoint and lifestyle.
Things in life usually fall short, if not go far wrong. Quietly prepare for this, and you will not be disappointed. Then, on those rare occasions when things go really well, you will be pleasantly surprised.
Standards guide us. Lower them far enough and life will be simple (for a while), and your friends quite easy to impress. Raise the bar extra-high and no one will ever qualify, so there won't be anyone (genuinely human) to look up to. We're all in the same boat.
Young people rebel against that with which they are most familiar. A Japanese teenager isn't likely to oppose Christianity, or a Brazilian to fuss about Buddhism. Religious American kids might become secular, but in the Sixties era it was often the other way around.
If you think you know any normal people, you don't know them very well. Most people seem ordinary, and may act shallow upon first meeting them, yet they can reveal amazing special traits. Conversely, some folks who appear unusual, perhaps garish or rebellious, could be rather plain inside.
Everybody believes. Religious beliefs stand out, yet non-religious people often embrace something else instead. Radical environmentalism, Veganism, UFO enthusiasts, Marxism, Union stalwarts; these can become quasi-religious, with their own leaders and saints and mighty forces and dire enemies and ideal futures.
Perspective matters. From an ideological viewpoint, even for someone who simply "believes they'll have another beer," others take on a different look. Radical leftists speak of libertarians and conservatives as though identical, while religious conservatives rarely bother to distinguish between atheists and antitheists.
It's never enough. For ideological purists, no serving politician or media outlet or enduring organization is ever sufficiently conservative -- or leftist -- or any other ideology. Firebrands get frustrated, and then "people had better wake up!" becomes a mantra. Some zealots will begin to apply force . . .
Every large, enduring organization has its purists and its party loyalists. Despite the occasional populist disruption, or zealous revival, the plodding loyalists prevail sooner or later; usually sooner. Improvements do happen, though, perhaps, gradually.
The American founders said, "only a moral people can make the American experiment work." This is difficult to perceive, much less to apply currently. People can mess up any system, yet that constitutional system accounts for common human flaws. A more ideal society will someday emerge, after both the citizenry and the leadership are educated, unselfish, and wise.
Just because Galileo was persecuted, doesn't mean your own favorite guru or theory must be correct. Confident proclamations and fancy web sites are easy, but learning basic science is hard. Fringe theories are full of unrecognized contradictions.
God is a much better unifier than satan. God Himself has trouble keeping His own people on track, so there cannot be lasting conspiracies, or despite Hollywood glamorization, cabals of satanic supermen. Love brings real unity, while force will soon break things, on a personal and larger scales.
♦ We humans are, of course, rather complicated in our nature and relationships. Thus, there will be rare personal exceptions to these Several Laws. Among the people who read these laws, virtually everyone will assume, if not insist, that they are one such exception.
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