Let's agree to disagree and not cast judgment

info@islandpacket.comJanuary 15, 2014 

Is there a universal law that says I must like everyone on the planet? Who says love and tolerance are mandatory? Almost everyone dislikes someone or something: Does that make them bad? President George H.W. Bush did not like broccoli. Did that make him an evil person?

As long as someone does not do anything illegal or immoral to another human creature, then they have done nothing wrong and should not be persecuted for their beliefs.

Therefore, I should be able to form opinions of liking or not liking someone, and I should have the freedom of forming those thoughts uninhibited or evaluated by strangers. My mental process should be mine alone, and not necessarily available for public discussion or criticism. Those who disagree are free to form their own opinions -- privately. What is fair for the majority should be fair for the few. However, caution is advised, because not agreeing with liberals usually brings malicious censure.

Since we live in a free country, I should be able to entertain my thoughts as I deem appropriate. As long as my actions do not infringe on anyone's freedom, then I should be free to form and enjoy my opinions at my leisure. What I think is no one's business. And if my thoughts do become vocal and someone does not like them, too bad. It is what it is, and I am what I am. Janis Joplin once said, "Don't compromise yourself. You're all you got."

Clifton Jester


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