I've been called a conservative. Some of what I think needs changing makes me look like a liberal. My views are too definite to let me seem 'moderate.'
As a Catholic, I have to participate in my society and contribute to the common good: particularly where I have personal responsibility, like in my family and work. (Catechism of the Catholic Church, 1913-1917)
My memory is too good to let me imagine that we'd all be better off if 'she's as smart as a man' was seen as a compliment, and folks who didn't look Anglo had an unreasonably hard time finding decent jobs or housing.
I'm hardly a "conservative," certainly not the sort who seriously believes that turning the clock back is either prudent or possible.
On the other hand, I don't think that supporting the new status quo is a good idea. Replacing contempt for 'the poor,' 'minorities,' and a few other blocks of individuals with a sincere if misguided concern was a step in the right direction.
However, we've tried treating social ills by dividing people along ethnic, economic, and psychological lines. It doesn't work. My opinion.
I am not a "liberal:" not the sort who doesn't seem to realize that 1967 is history, not current events.
Those are accepted standards of behavior: today; here. Customs like those change, and that's okay.
Some things don't change. Natural law, ethical principles woven into creation, is constant. Exactly how we apply it changes: but not the principles. (July 11, 2012)
August 20, 2012)
The permanent rules are simple: Love God, love your neighbor; everyone is your neighbor.1
They'll still matter, when folks see Democrats, Republicans, Whigs, Tories, Optimates and Populares as roughly contemporary.
The society our descendants live in won't be perfect, but it could be an improvement on today's. I'm cautiously hopeful that we'll pass on a world that's a little better than the one we received: and that's yet again another topic.
I put together a very short summary of what the Catholic Church says how we should run things. Authority, by the way, doesn't mean that 'the boss is always right.' It's exercised legitimately only when acting for the common good. (Catechism, 1903)
- The common good
- Involves effects of
- The community on individuals
- Individuals on the community
- Involves effects of
- "Dust, Wind, Stress, and Getting a Grip"
(April 26, 2013)
- "Life, the Universe, and Badminton"
(August 3, 2012)
- "The Status Quo Must Go"
(July 30, 2012)
- "Marching Through Time"
(April 1, 2012)
- "Conservative? Liberal? Democrat? Republican? No, I'm Catholic"
(November 3, 2008)
1 One or two simple rules: Love God, love your neighbor; everybody's your neighbor.
(Matthew 5:43-44; 22:36-40; Mark 12:29-31; Luke 10:25-27; 29-37; Catechism of the Catholic Church 1822, 1825-1825)