Ranking priorities and political opinions
I have been pondering the question: “Why don’t we all have the same political opinions?”
A writer in the
past once stated “For where your treasure is, there your heart will be
also.” “Soul” or “consciousness” can be substituted for
heart. If I’m on the right track, treasure would be the physical
activities and the mental/spiritual thought concepts that we value in
Now comes the
beginning of my answer to my initial question of why we hold different
political opinions. Some of us treasure equality, liberty,
wealth, health, fame, love, material things, sex, sports, traveling,
knowledge, wisdom (knowledge that is true); and some treasure the best
possible eternal life after death, etc.
But since most
of us would confess that most of these are treasured by each of us to
some degree; the full answer must be a little more complex. I
believe we differ from one another in our political opinions because we
rank all of these treasures in our own lives by unconsciously assigning
a different rank and weight to each.
illustrative purposes, let’s introduce two individuals, Lonnie and
Connie. When Lonnie ranks each of these treasures in his own
life, he always puts equality ahead of liberty on his list. He
prefers more equal outcomes for everyone regardless of what they
contribute with their talents and efforts toward their fellow human
On the other
hand, Connie puts more weight on liberty in the ranking of her
treasures. She believes that people who refuse to fully apply
their talents in an environment of liberty, will naturally suffer
certain consequences in life that should not be artificially altered by
an outside arbiter (say government). In my illustration, Lonnie
is a liberal and Connie is a conservative.
believe that liberals and conservatives share any common ground?
Yes, because equality and liberty are only two of the treasures that I
our present American culture, we don’t behead each other over our
differences. Our common ground is that we are all Americans and
we strive to understand why we differ in our opinions without trying to
convert our fellow Americans by force to our own way of thinking.
We put our trust in persuasion!
so-called undecided independent voters don’t rank mental and spiritual
treasures very highly and their life motto may be “let’s get physical”
or “just do it.” Thinking does not compute.
Kenny J. Wolf (#74)October 22, 2012