I find it difficult to navigate through society’s standards because they are changing almost daily.
What was taboo 50 years ago is now in vogue and acceptable.
Few people take stands on issues anymore and politics are so tainted with rhetoric that you’re not sure who to believe.
Political correctness was the catch-all for much of the change and over the years even that has been thrown out the window.
I watched a great interview recently with former Florida Governor Rueben Askew.
In the interview Askew spoke about his years as a politician and the strides that were made during the years he was in politics. He admitted the setbacks and the times he was unable to move legislation and the times he was unsuccessful.
Never did he criticize those he opposed personally on issues. Instead, he spoke about the respect shown by both sides who had opposing views.
That is missing, in my opinion, today.
It is not just politics that I’m referring to either.
People are divided today over all kinds of issues.
Most are viewed as political, but in many cases they are not - they are personal.
My problem is not with the progression of society but with the oppression of ideals.
There has to be a place in a free society for people to hang on to their principals.
It cannot be a one-way street where only one set of ideals apply to everyone.
In other words, society can say there is no God and chastise those that believe that God does exist.
The existence of God is a hot topic and that is why I mentioned it as an example, because almost everyone has an opinion on the subject.
Other hot topics like abortion, same sex marriages and the death penalty are subjects that divide people.
What I see as the problem, however, is that we need to understand that we have the right to take a side in an issue and not be punished by that decision.
Although these topics draw a lot of emotions, and both sides claim to be right, in the end we must at least accept the fact that people have the right to choose a side.
What we have now, and looks like will get worse in the future, is a minefield of opinions to navigate, and I for one don’t see it getting any better.
I wish we could apply Governor Askew’s ideals and argue the point without the animosity that now prevails.