Friday, March 07, 2008

To Darren McEwen, On Leaving The Liberal Party

There may be one set of guiding principles on the best life for all of us to pursue, the thing is, not only does everyone disagree on what those are, but everyone has an equal claim to their views being the right ones. So where there may a definite correct route for us as a people to take in response to the issues we face, no one can make a claim that their view is the absolute right one. What we can do is approximate, we can come close to the best decision on what to do, by talking with others, by rationally balancing the facts, by balancing the peoples differing perspectives, and ultimately coming as close as possible to the real right that exists outside of our naturally differing opinions.

Though we all have our own ideas of how things should be, there's not a lot of us who try to impart upon the world our ideas of making it better. Where because everyone has an equal claim to their views, there's not many who are willing to put their views up to be questioned as the best and ultimately universal. These people who do, who do go forth because they believe so strongly that their views are right and the benefits need to be realized, do so at their own peril.

As everyone has an equal right to their views, for one to suggest their views are the right ones, agreement is needed, and that is done through discussion and debate, where all views are questioned. This is the point of peril that differentiates those people who act and those who don't. Facing the hard work of arguing for one's perspective, by having your own views questioned, all for the mere possibility of helping others, is what most people do not prefer to do.

It's not that they don't want to help, but when the idea of help is reliant upon a person's own ideas of what is right, they become indifferent to imposing that help. As everyone has equal right to their ideas, and as everyone is already doing what they think is right, though limited to their own personal spheres, to help them based on another's idea of what is right questions their idea's validity. To avoid such conflict, most people restrain or do not attempt to share their views, and thus keep their ideas of what is right to only themselves and to their daily living.

It is the arena of politics where ideas of what is right are questioned and a balance is sought, all in an effort to approach the underlying true and real right. For those who retreat from politics, for those that will keep their ideas of what is right to themselves, those individuals cannot have any legitimate claim to their perspective being objectively right.

In not discussing and debating one's ideas of what is right, and still maintaining that person's ideas are actually closer to what is right then any others, that person is claiming their opinion, their perspective is naturally superior then any others. Yet there is no grounds to grant anyone that their view is to be recognized as superior merely because they are the one's espousing it. It is only through reason can one grant a person's ideas as more correct, and not anything else. For it is only when we recognize that everyone's perspectives have equal legitimacy that through reason and debate do we approach the objective of what is truly and really right.

This was a response to this post.


zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz said...

You know you are a true Liberal when you can blab on and on and on and on and on about absolutely...


Worst. Blog. Post. Ever.

Anonymous said...

zzzzz: You know you are a true Conservative when you don't have anything to say, and you say it anyways.

You know you are a true Conservative when facts are your biggest enemy.

You know your a Conservative when you've negatively commented blindlessly on 50 liberal blogs.

You know you are a Conservative when you write comments based on partisanship rather then substance.

Anonymous said...

zzzzzz: Next time I'll make it simpler for you, and add some pictures of shiny things to keep your attention.

Anonymous said...

Weak-ass blog...
no doubt about it

Just more Liberal navel-gazing with no substance.

Anonymous said...

I don't know of very many other issues of more substance one could write about. It's quite fascinating to see these comments, to see the stretches Conservatives make to go out of their way to belittle things they don't have the attention to read.

Darren McEwen said...

Thanks Scott,

Trust me, I've raised my views with some MP's, party officials and to the party through letters I've wrote.

I'm not saying that everyone in the Liberal party should do what I did. What I might seem bold and some people think it's irresponsible but had I just spent Friday writing another email or another letter then would people have stopped to think about the Liberal party and the direction it's taking like some people did after reading my decision to quit the party?

Maybe my decision got some people thinking. I don't want to in any way overestimate myself but maybe at least one person started to think "Hey, maybe we've got a problem here?" It was clear that the messages I was sending out before weren't having that effect.