I learned in my political science class that there are standard definitions of the words “liberal” and “conservative,” beyond the subjective opinions often tossed around. I was taught that liberal, in reference to political feelings, generally indicates willingness or desire for reform or progress (change), however you define those. I was taught that conservative, in reference to political feelings, generally indicates willingness or desire for what has been or currently is (no change).
So when, on I-5 through Chehalis, I saw a billboard that said basically, “Keep America great the way it is!” I was reminded of good old poli-sci class.
Then, this morning on the radio, the topic of discussion was the expression of patriotism. Is it patriotic to say that America is great the way it is? Is it patriotic to do things that you believe will change America for the better?
Extend the discussion beyond the politics of the United States. In people, organizations, and communities, is it most loyal to encourage change or to encourage what is already?
I am not into politics, despite 6th grade plans to be the first female president of the US. There are a few issues I have really strong feelings about (e.g. babies should get to live), but I have no fondness for endless discussions of this candidate or that. I should probably care more.
For today, I’m coming back to the conclusion that change is inherently a part of life, but that it can be either positive or negative in effect. In a culture that values what is new, fresh, and young, I do not want to change things for the fun of it. (I don’t actually think that change is always usually fun anyway!) I value a willingness to consider change, though.
I’m not sure how to peg myself/my view of the world, and honestly, I don’t feel a need to. Neither change nor labels are the point of my life. May the will of God be done on earth as it is in heaven, and may His Kingdom come.