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by Jon Sullivan - 2020-05-05 - Opinion

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There are some times I really feel I should just keep my mouth shut. This is probably one of those times. Oh well.

With the election looming, and the pandemic, we seem to have lost normalcy and devolved to a nation of extremes. With all the name calling, and snap judgements, and fake news, I just want to make sure I'm on record with what I actually believe. As opposed to assumptions based on who I might vote for, or if I wear a mask while shopping.

I believe you should purposefully do to others as you would like done to you if you were in their place. I believe you should judge yourself with the same volume and vigor you would judge anyone else.

Irregardless of times I've failed at it, I believe respecting and being decent to everyone you deal with is a good thing. I believe those who delight in being assholes should be shunned. (though I will usually give stand-up comics a pass)

I believe we should, as Americans, aid those who are poor, liberate those unjustly held, try to heal those who are ill, and come to the aid of anyone oppressed. You know.... the Jesus stuff....

And while I'm passionate about our personal and collective rights, freedom, and liberty, I don't think any of it gives me permission to harm or endanger others. I think my rights only exist in the context of a social contract we all share, and a civilization we are all responsible for. No matter what we believe, we're in this together. No matter how autonomous we might try to be, we all at some level rely on others. And they all rely on us.

Those seem like things we might all agree on. Okay?

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