Ours is a small community at this blog. Like I’ve pointed out in the past, although I’ve enjoyed nearly 40,000 visits, I suspect it’s mostly my retired friends who have time on their hands. The hits come from the same twelve people.
Yes, we are small but we reflect the larger world about us. Same narratives, smaller print.
Take, for example, the difference between liberals and conservatives (or Democrats and Republicans, if you prefer). Somehow, the conservatives are painted as sacred while the Democrats are profane. Same story on the national level. Thinking about it worries me.
During the Democratic national convention, I wept. I cheered Obama. I knew they were right. During the Republican national convention, as I watched the faces in the crowd, I realized half my circle of friends were feeling the same thing while Sarah Palin spoke.
Who is being duped? How can we look at the same thing and come to such different conclusions? Are we hard wired differently?
Note: there is a school of thought that conservatism is a form of mental illness. Hold it. Before you join the posse, there’s a similar school tainting liberals.
Oy vey. Wish I had the answer.