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Extreme opposites resemble the other. Each believes that we have only two choices: appeasement or war, suicide or surrender, humiliation or holocaust, to be either Red or dead.
--John F. Kennedy
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Date:November 15th, 2004 07:37 pm (UTC)
and that is why understanding that there is no black or white, only shades of gray is so important. sometimes i feel like it is a mentality, a perspective that many of my conservative friends don't quite get. the world is not good or bad, evil or righteous, moral or immoral...there are so many other options in those spectrums.

i may hold one position today, but a month or a year down the line, i may change my position because of new information. that doesn't make me indecisive, it makes intelligent and open-minded. i don't staunchly hold my view in light of changing circumstances, i realize that my opinion should change as i am subjected to new information.
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Date:November 15th, 2004 10:45 pm (UTC)
Well, I think saying there are ONLY gray areas isn't completely true...there is black and white with some things. There are gray areas, but sometimes< I feel like liberals (not all, mind you) have too much of a gray area.

And yes, changing your mind because of new information is going to happen...as it should. I'll fully admit that when I found out my Mom actually visited an abortion clinic when she was pregnant with Todd and I, made me change my view on abortion a little bit. Before I was a die-hard pro-choicer...not matter what. Now, I'm still pro-choice, but I definitely lean more towards pro-life than not.
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Date:November 16th, 2004 07:51 pm (UTC)
i'm feeling a little incoherent today, but here goes anyway.

maybe the difference between liberal and conservative should be defined less by the particular ideology than by the enforcement of it, i.e. i'm pro-life, technically (i'd prefer not to have any children i'm involved with aborted), but if you're pro-life then you're usually anti-choice. basically, pro-choice isn't necessarily anti-life, but pro-life is necessarily anti-choice.
basically i totally agree with the quote, and i think that makes me a liberal. i think you can have both left and right wing conservatives, meaning people who vehemently think that everyone needs to change their opinion to theirs.
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