posted on Dec, 3 2004 @ 02:02 PM
I have to agree with Majic. The world is not bipolar, black and white, good and evil. True evil does happen, but often evil is in the eye of the
beholder. For example, the U.S. supported Pinochet because he "saved" Chile from socialism and provided stability. He was also a monster to his
Same thing with Saddam. He was good enough for the U.S. during the Iran-Iraq war. That didn't stop him from committing the atrocities the U.S. is
So that's one thing. The other thing is, if the world is really that black and white, what of those who define themselves as foreign-policy and
fiscal conservatives, but social liberals? Isn't being a moderate exercising your intellectual powers to decide what's important to *you* in
different lines of thought, rather than adopting the entire system as a whole and gobbling it up? I mean no disrespect to those who have come to
extreme positions out of intellectual exercise (however, I have met a lot of people, for example, who were for the death penalty because their friends
were and it was the "in" thing to do in their circle).
I'm a moderate because I feel I've lived, read, studied and experienced enough to decide for myself what I feel my outlook on the world should be.
I'm a social liberal, but I'm also a fiscal conservative. I borrow from both systems, depending on what's important to ME and my moral code. I'm a
moderate also because I know that things are always more complicated than they seem, and I seek to understand before I judge.
For example, if I were to apply a simplistic grid to the situation in Africa, I'd say "Well, they're lazy bums, they don't want to work." Having
been there, I can see that A) people there are caught in a circle where they can't send their kids to school because they need them to cultivate the
land and try to scrounge a living; the kids don't get an education, and end up as poor farmers themselves; B) I've read about the history of Africa,
and how some of the ravages on the continent were caused by the white man - especially in Congo, and the present Hutu-Tutsi area; C) I know that
Western countries do good and harm at the same time - they help promote education and health care, but they also use the WTO to keep the African
countries from adopting protectionist policies. So I can neither entirely condemn nor commend, because things are more complicated than they
Being a moderate doesn't mean being indecisive. I have strong beliefs in social justice. I also have a strong belief in fiscal conservatism. I
believe the UN should be reformed, but I also believe that the US shouldn't have free reign across the globe.
But the gist of it, I try to THINK before I form an opinion on something. And I allow my opinion to change if new data becomes available. As Victor
Hugo said, "The worst thing you can say about a man is that in ten years his ideas haven't changed."