Charity, Assistance, & Helping Others………A Division In Outlook

I have been arguing with a family member today about extending a helping hand to others.  At some point it became clear to me that in this, as in politics, & religion, & pretty much our entire world-view, we would never see eye to eye.  If he weren’t family, I doubt we would even have any impetus to talk at all.  Thinking about it afterwards, I think his viewpoint and mine can be fairly said to represent the extreme ends of the Left/Right spectrum.

It seems to me that the majority of far lefters and Liberals are impassioned and moved to pay forward without conditions or strings, or at least with minimal ones.  We do not want to dictate terms or hold up hoops to jump through.  We don’t necessarily expect to induce those we aid to conform to our ideologies, and we are not very concerned with alternate or opposing viewpoints in the face of tragedy.  If we see a need or a place to lend a hand, we want to do just that.  We also do not expect reciprocation or immediate return, because our investment is in humanity in general.  We want to make things better for everyone, everywhere, not just ourselves & our own interests.

Far righters & Conservatives, on the other hand, seem to me to be far more driven by control issues.  Public works and other assistance programs are viewed with distrust and resentment.  This could be because when aid is given through these channels, each individual contributor (either by taxation or donation) is a step removed from decisions regarding perceived worthiness.

In conversations I have had with my mostly Republican, far right, Conservative family and friends, I see a fairly consistent theme in regard to who deserves help.  The main thing they all seem to agree on, and I totally oppose, is the sentiment that no help should be given until the cause, or person or persons, in need submit to qualifying standards.  It would seem, at least from them, that being in need is not enough.  You must prove to be sufficiently needy, and your need must be of an acceptable nature.

This is a fairly good reason why having sane, rational, reasonable Moderates from both sides is so important.

As a fairly extreme Liberal, I recognize that I and those like me occasionally need a gentle redirecting hand to help us do the most good for the largest group.  We can be easily diverted and spend an enormous amount of time and resources in areas that perhaps could have been better used elsewhere.  That in no way negates what good we might do in those ares, and it in no way means we should not continue to try to lend a hand wherever we can, but we need a balance.

Likewise, Conservatives need a nudge to be less interested in exactly what the needy do in their private lives, and more concerned with the actual benefit derived from the action of giving.  Assistance should actually be assistance.  It should not be a lever to force obedience, nor should it be a method of weeding out or penalizing those who disagree with you.

We need someone to bring us together, and to force us to play nice in the world’s sandbox.  Clearly, we won’t ever do it on our own.

Score 1 For The Big Giant Head………

I’ll be damned.  Another soundbite from Maher I can totally get behind.  Usually when I want to get behind him, it’s just so I can push him in the closet to shut him up.  I say it again…..even pompous, rude, big giant heads CAN make valid and just points.

maher quote

Yes, indeedy, they certainly do. Then they look at you like it’s your fault the floor is dirty.


* thanks to the Facebook page of  Americans Against The Tea Party from whom I borrowed this picture, and also thanks to Liberal Info With Samuel & the Facebook page of Satire With Samuel from whom it originated.

Those Who Cannot Reason, Cannot Be Reasoned With………..

Pretty much, yeah.

intellectuals to idiots

The sad thing is that school is , if not totally mandatory, at the very least strongly encouraged in at least SOME form. Last time I checked at my local schools, stupidity and shortsightedness were not part of the regular curriculum.

To see what is going on around me makes me really quite sad.  When did logic, reason, & common sense disappear, to be replaced by super-concentrated fear, hate, and rhetoric with no factual basis?  At what point did folks ability to engage in intelligent discourse vanish?  Somewhere between many & most of the conversations I have nowadays seem to fall into three depressing categories [1] Yeah, you may be right, but what difference does it make?  Nothing can be changed. [2] I don’t care, everybody is crooked, and everybody lies. I don’t pay attention to any of that stuff. [3]  No, you are wrong!  You are going to HELL because your beliefs go against my personal beliefs!  Sometimes it is just so depressing to live in the deep South.  Sigh………


picture borrowed from the Facebook page of Liberal Hippie Nerd

Logically Illogical Logic

If you believe, believe with all your heart.  If you have a strong faith, and it uplifts you and makes you happy, that is a wonderful thing.  But if you want to convince and convert others to your point of view,  you are just going to have to make some sort of sense.  Statements like this, uttered with total conviction, simply do not have the effect you are striving for when talking to me.  I am not mocking your belief, but I can’t respect it much, either, when it sounds this silly.  I certainly can’t take you seriously when you claim to speak for a creator that endorses your silliness.

godly jealousy

Or, to put it another way…… (as a family member once said to me) “I think THAT bookcase looks more like THAT bookcase, than THIS bookcase looks like THIS bookcase.”

An Awesome Thing

This is a  wondrous and amazing thing.

Crocheting To Change The Planet


So There……..

I never felt I needed an excuse, but it’s nice to know I’ve got one.

Big Girl Panties

That’s my story. I’m gonna stick with it.

Food For Thought

Nice article.  Always interesting to see different interpretations, not only of the Bible, but of the intent behind it relative to modern culture as opposed to the time period(s) it hails from.  The biggest peeve I have with modern organized religion is its insistence in telling me what it means rather than letting me decide for myself.  I am not a small stupid child, and I do not require spoon feeding with whatever agenda-laced doctrine your church is pushing.  I can read, cogitate, and process it for myself, thanks.