November 12, 2011
The other day I was listening to a debate among political candidates I distrust. I listened to most of the debate and found myself agreeing with a strain of what they said related to a particular financial issue. I realized I can consider what they say and give credit for a point well made, and shouldn't have to worry that I'll see myself as a traitor to my core values. It helped me to further realize how fearful I've been of opposing political ideas and that fear-based thinking is never the best type of thinking. Good ideas come from reasoned arguments, ample evidence, and humane considerations, never from fear. While some fear is justified, it can never be the basis of a better society, or provide the motivation to become a better person.
I am an atheist, skeptic and freethinker who values intellectual honesty and humane behavior.
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