Thought of the day: This morning I read a political column by Paul Krugman recently published on NY Times. It's titled "Let's Not Be Civil" in which he wrote about the ideological differences between the two parties as manifested by their different proposals for deficit reduction. He asserted that the differences were so stark that it's hopeless to try to reconcile the proposals through civil discussions and the only hope of reconciliation lied in the upcoming election in 2012. He made an interesting observation that "...the two parties don’t just live in different moral universes, they also live in different intellectual universes". How true! In the past few years, I have found myself to be in agreement with almost everything one party represents and in disagreement (sometimes in disgust) with almost everything the other party represents. That includes everything from the role of the government, universal health care, the distribution of wealth, gun control to environmental policies, abortion and gay rights. I think this is not a healthy situation. It can be partly attributed to the fact that the US Congress is getting increasingly polarized. Moderates have been gradually replaced by those closer to their ideological homes and that's especially true for the republican party. Perhaps I am also, alas, getting more narrow-minded. It's easy to happen as, over time, you tend to gravitate towards like-minded friends, read books and articles by like-minded authors and watch programs narrated by like-minded reporters. Perhaps I should try to expand my horizon and reach deeper into "the other side" with more sincerity and open-mindedness. However, as long as my moral values and the facts don't change, I doubt I will change many of my opinions as a result. But perhaps I will gain a better understanding of where the other opinions come from and why some genuine and intelligent people would embrace a world view that is so completely different from mine.
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