Often a thought process becomes comfortable --- and helpful --- and may be accepted by others. We tend to search for others who are like-minded, and this may help more further embolden us, our thought processes, and build up strength of group efforts.

For example, a political party pools resources, allowing more electable candidates. A party member then adopts an agenda, but one it may not completely agree with, and a devotee of the party must also support candidates who a person may be reluctant to support. A party assumes a bandwagon approach, requiring all to fall in step, supporting the causes of the group.

Lately, many Republican officeholders across the country have decided to retire prematurely. Jeff Flake, the powerful U.S. senator from Arizona, is retiring at odds with many in his party. Bob Corker, another well-known U.S. senator from Tennessee, is also retiring.

As people who care about their friends and family, care about others, care about their religious group, and care about a strong United States, conscience must be exercised. Simply tearing down established strong institutions is wrong, and to exercise power for the sake of power hurts others. Ignoring millions in the process of governing a country is not constructive in using power, and requires much care.

Also, showing tolerance to others may not adhere to the same political thinking, showing tolerance to those who believe in other faiths, who have other cultural traditions, builds a better community here in Lubbock, in Texas, and in the United States. As people, all of us are fallible. We must seek to learn new lessons, and also be cognizant of long-ago, previous, historical lessons. Political, or religious dogma, thought as certain, and often echoed by others, is limiting as the times and the country changes, despite the comfort it brings people. Examining other ideas, being aware others will often have a different opinion is the hallmark of an educated person. A strong community questions itself, not as absolute.

"It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it." -- Aristotle, ancient Greek philosopher


Leslie Michael Biffe, Lubbock