My Self-Sacrifice

I am strangely fascinated, and easily seduced, by far-left politics. Yet, I have consciously chosen to detach from my most extreme political views for the good of our community, our nation, and our world. This doesn’t mean that I automatically adopt the opposite viewpoint, most certainly not! Rather, I am becoming more open so that I can develop a deeper understanding of political complexities.

I miss those ideas and I mourn for them; they have been an important part of my conscience and experience throughout my life. It feels as though a part of me – and one of my favorite parts – has died. I am working on shifting my thinking to what I have to gain, and the potential collective gain, from what I might be losing.

2 thoughts on “My Self-Sacrifice

  1. Scott Erb says:

    To me the most important four words are “I might be wrong.” Recognizing that keeps me pragmatic in pursuit of my ideals. The world is complex and perspective can distort, so humility is necessary. Some things are clear, but often there is more complexity than meets the eye. So maybe it’s not necessary to let go completely of those ideas!

  2. jrdreistadt says:

    I agree! It’s certainly getting easier to admit that I have made a mistake as I mature. I also find it is helpful to ask lots of questions to balance self-assertion.

    I agree that I don’t need to let them go entirely – but I do want to loosen my hold on them, and therefore their grip on me, so that I am free to holistically interpret each situation.

    Thanks so much for sharing!!!

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