I live in a liberal state and in a liberal city, and work in a liberal if not completely gay profession. I’m used to stifling my thoughts and maintaining a discrete silence in such a hostile environment, since it is pointless to argue with a liberal. To do so is to not know what a liberal is. Liberalism can only be “awakened from,” not argued out of. —Gagdad Bob
How difficult this is for me to remember. And I have no excuse for not remembering this, because that’s exactly how it happened for me. No one sat me down and explained to me exactly how logically absurd my worldview was. I would never have listened… and had I listened I certainly would not have heard.
Of course, some people did try to explain things. And as they did I pitied them for their childishness, or raged against them in their ignorance, depending on my mood or the situation.
No, instead I awoke… am still awaking (I hope and pray to awaken more). I am not awake, but at least my eyes are no longer squinched totally shut. (And a great deal of psychic effort it takes to squinch those psychic eyes, I tell you! What a relief to let the orbital bones of the soul have a little rest.)
How and why did I awake? Well, I suppose there is a story to that. A few that know the story have encouraged me to share it here on the blog, which is something I intend to do. It’s a bit of a long one (or I, in my infinite self-absorption tend to make it a long one because it’s about my three favorite people: me, myself, and I), so I’ve been hesitating to undertake it. I will though, I will.
But the important thing to remember for today is that I awoke. I was not argued out of.
I too, like Bob quoted above, live in a very liberal neighborhood in a top-3 liberal city, and work in a field absolutely lousy with doctrinaire liberals. And I don’t mean go-with-the-flow, vote Obama cause he seems like a reasonable guy kind of liberals. I mean religion-is-poison, whites-are-evil, if God were not dead it would be necessary to kill him kind of Sauron Morgoth Saruman liberals! (Ok maybe I’m exaggerating a bit.)
Often I’m tempted to try and argue them out of their positions. Often I give in to the temptation. Nothing ever comes of it except sour feelings and frustration, and a feeling of being alienated from my fellows.
Awakening is the only thing that works. And there’s a Great Awakener in the sky that can manage things a lot better than I can. As for me, I can make my body, my life, my mind and my spirit such that they radiate more love, more awakening, and more truth. That has an effect far beyond some wordy diatribe.
Today I radiate a little; tomorrow I can radiate more. Besides, it’s more fun and it feels nicer.