Published Thu Jul 2, 2020 11:56 PM PDT
As long as I can remember, I have considered myself a moderate. When my parents split up, I had to balance between both sides. I learned to love them both, even though they had made mistakes, and had different views of events.
At the time, they were also split politically. My dad was a Republican and my mom was a Democrat. Today both of them are Republicans, but I gained an appreciation of both parties through my parentage.
I've known tons of people in both parties. And I've appreciated a lot of the liberal victories. And I've often seen conservatism as in part being empathetic for those who are slower to adapt.
Change is a natural thing. It has happened throughout history, and is not going to stop anytime soon. Moderates are good at recognizing the need for change, but also seeing nuance and the full ramifications of that change. They are also good at having sympathy for a number of different perspectives. Thus being moderate is simply a virtue.
The Church is actually quite moderate. It's split down the middle between Republicans and Democrats. It takes a lot of the best from both sides. But it's still not perfect. Although, it is changing, for the better.
I don't care who you vote for, or if you don't vote. I know who I'm voting for, and I consider myself a moderate. But I don't like extremism. Violence, especially, is unacceptable to me. I don't like when people use slurs, or act racist, or homophobic, or transphobic. I have done this sort of thing myself, but I have grown out of it.
I encourage everyone to be moderate, and to assist in rooting out far-left and far-right ideology. In fact, I somewhat insist on it. Thank you for reading.
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