Why do we want to uplift every human being on earth?
Broadly, the American left has taken positions of defending a democratic republic, perhaps because in the past it was just assumed that everyone would defend a democratic republic, and because increasingly, the alternative is coalescing around the dictats of one man, speaking suggestions to the Id of the angry mob.
But at its core, “bleeding heart liberals” want to see that everyone has a chance, and (I believe) they believe in fundamental fairness. Cheering for the little guy? The underdog story? Unsure. But probably something like that.
That’s clearly part of the initial WHY this site wants to uplift every human – this fundamental desire amongst the American left.
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This site does not endorse a religion per-se. In fact, we strive to be global – so Hindu, Buddhist, Islam, Christianity, Taoist, Atheist – we encourage all members to learn about the faiths of other members – to understand their perspectives.
Our founder is a Christian (Catholic), but a really weird kind of Christian – one who explicitly focuses on not judging people. No condemnations. No chants of “you’re going to Hell!” No militancy whatsoever. Frankly, if a Christian believes that Christ will come again to judge the living and the dead, why not leave that job to Him?
But the American right is highly Christian. They publicly claim Christianity, even though the rates of Sunday church attendance is dropping.
And the example of the life of Jesus of Nazareth is inspiring. Turn the other cheek. Rejoice in being persecuted for the Kingdom of Heaven is yours. The last shall be first, and the first shall be last. It is harder for a rich man to enter the Kingdom of Heaven than it is for a camel to travel through the eye of a needle (because he won’t give up his wealth to serve the people).
And most of all: Forgiveness. Jesus tells the parable of the prodigal son. Jesus spent time with prostitutes and tax collectors, believing them worthy of the gifts of salvation. He offered everyone a path to Redemption, no matter how little or much they might have fallen in life.
Jesus did not go around teaching the virtues of civic education to EVERYONE. No. He preached LOVE to everyone.
A step in that direction – allowing everyone to have life, liberty, and to pursue happiness. Truly – wouldn’t Jesus want everyone to have the freedom to choose to follow Him voluntarily? Would he ever want people to be coerced to follow Him? We believe not.
One person cannot give another person “freedom”. No. They have to defend it and sustain it if they are born into a system with basic freedoms. But one can certainly explain and educate people on the human experiences which result in basic freedoms. And that, in our book, until no one lives under tyranny, is a radical act of love.
Won’t these change over time?
This organization should long outlast its founder. Ideally, this organization will long outlast every member. These are but the biases brought to the organization by the founder. These are the founder’s ‘deeper why”.
something that lasts a long time.. The American idea of self-government is almost two hundred and fifty years old. Spain achieved its current boundaries almost 500 years ago. There was a government of the Romans from 853 BC to 1453AD, a total of 2,306 years. The (Mythological) Xi’an Dynasty was 4000 years ago. The Jewish calendar dates back to 3760BC, which is their “Year 1”, when Adam and Eve exit the Garden of Eden. There is no known date for the founding of Hinduism, as it preceded written history.
How long do you wish for (well run, competent, responsive) self-government to endure? Forever. Or ….Until something demonstrably superior replaces it. Really.
Many forms of Government have been tried, and will be tried in this world of sin and woe. No one pretends that democracy is perfect or all-wise. Indeed it has been said that democracy is the worst form of Government except for all those other forms that have been tried from time to time.…Winston Churchill on the floor of the House of Commons, November 11, 1947
Do you have a better solution in this world of sin and woe?
So why put something that will change with the idea of forever?
Everything has a beginning. From this imperfect human, from this imperfect start, let us build something better. When that “better” comes along, lets replace – not with arrogance, but rather, much like training wheels – once helpful, but no longer needed.