Not the kind of thing I usually post here, but it does have its application to consciousness. I wrote this earlier today and posted on Facebook.
Why do they hate America?
I know Republicans think they love America — and so do arch-conservatives — but they don’t. They seem to love an idea they have, an image of America that they love. But can you say you love your country when you hate the people in it? If you hate gays, latinos, muslims, blacks, liberals, and everybody whose values you disapprove of, how can you say you love America? If you would rather that the opposition president fail than that his policies succeed in solving America’s problems, how can you love America?
Just to be plain, the same arguments i’m making about the Republicans and Conservatives could be made about many Democrats and liberals. Hatred is hatred. If I’m concentrating here on Republicans and Conservatives, it is because they often seem to think they have a monopoly on patriotism and morality.
I posed the question: Here’s my tentative answer. A sense of entitlement and dispossession. They think it’s their country and it ought to be run by them according to their values. They think anyone with different ideas or backgrounds ought to sit down and shut up and let their betters decide. And (in common with Democrats and liberals) they see this unending tide of change and want it to at least slow down, and hopefully reverse course — and don’t recognize that the tide is driven not by someone’s plot but by the nature of complex systems continually getting more complex, and ever-faster.
In other words, they sense control slipping out of their grasp, and since they see the world as if it were a huge football game, with two opposing sides, rather than, say, a game of Chinese Checkers with maybe six players, they chalk everything up to be the fault of “liberals” or “Democrats” or whatever their bugaboo is.
Regardless, it winds up with them loving an idea of America and hating the reality. It’s sad to see, and it’s dangerous as well,because it gives me little reason to assume they will play by the rules if they think they’re losing.