Thursday, January 25, 2007

The Progressive Ideal (short version)

This is how I see it. Feel free to agree or not.

A progressive is a person who above all recognizes and respects the commonality of mankind, and who believes that working together for mutual benefit is the only way that mankind can survive. From this basic tenet all else follows.

You can look at this as "selfless selfishness", because we understand that as individuals we each gain the most by helping others. We understand that we are, collectively, only as strong as the weakest among us and that by aiding the poor, sick and infirm, and otherwise disadvantaged, we gain advantage for ourselves.( Or, to paraphrase, "Mankind divided cannot stand").

We believe that this world view is utterly realistic, pragmatic and necessary, because personal greed, seeking gain at the expense of others, can only,in the end, destroy us all.

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