Why do you hate people who disagree with you politically? Is it because you don’t want them to live in the way their ideas suggest? Or do you hate them because they want to force you to live by their rules?
You might protest that you don’t really hate your political opponents. OK. For the sake of argument, let’s grant the fiction that all of us here are kind-hearted and reasonable people. Let’s talk about other people. Why do you suppose liberals hate conservatives? Why do you suppose conservatives hate liberals? Why do you suppose everyone hates those weirdo fringe political groups? (I’m using “liberal” and “conservative” in their generally accepted public definitions here.)
There’s an underlying assumption in public debate today. The idea is that whatever rules the majority want, that’s the set of rules that should be imposed on everyone. What if we were free to live under different rules — whatever rules we chose for the people we chose to live with? What if the territory known as the United States, for instance, were more like a thousand little nations or cities or enclaves — whatever people voluntarily choose to make their property a part of?
That’s what some of us want. We want a thousand nations to bloom — instead of forcing everybody to live under the same set of rules that the monolithic majority choose.
My utopia isn’t the same as yours. There’s nothing wrong with that. I should be able to build my own or to live in someone else’s version of a perfect world. You should be able to do the same thing. There’s no reason for us to join with the shrieking talking heads and combatants on TV talk shows. We can choose to pursue something entirely different — where you and people who agree with you live your way.
It’s time to dream big about the future — and quit trying to force everyone to live life as we believe it ought to be lived.