I’ve been doing a lot of thinking about my life and political leanings and realized that while I’m a center-left person, there is a reason. It’s not because considering oneself liberal moderate is “cool,” quite the opposite has been proven on more than one occasion. My reason, at least the core explanation, can be found in what some would consider a fatal personality flaw.
I have a near-pathological strain of egalitarianism to me.
Plain English: I have an overwhelming, near zealot-like desire for everyone to get equal shots at happiness. Don’t ask me where this comes from, because I still have no clue. What I do know is that, in today’s current political climate which encourages the easy ideology of “tough luck, pal,” wanting everyone to have an equally fair shot in life is a difficult path.
Please note, I said “equal opportunities,” not equal outcomes. Anyone with an ounce of common sense knows that, like it or not, life isn’t fair. The bad guys frequently win, the greedy frequently earn more, and the powerful usually get what they want, and to hell with everyone else. Anyone who needs proof of this only need look at Donald Trump. But I digress.
The reality is that have been disillusioned by my own rose-colored glasses. Yet rather than take the “if you can’t beat em, join em” attitude I once did, my choice is to do my best to fight the good fight. Yes, my chances of success are slim and none, and it’s a depression-inducin calling, but the effort is a noble one and if I can change one heart, then it’s a lifetime of work well spent.
So go ahead, say what you want about my ideology and egalitarian bent. Chances are, I’ve heard far worse.