There is a commonly-held belief that Conservatives are tied to their traditions in an ignorant, short-sighted way. Critics often accuse us of not being able to progress to a higher state of political consciousness due to our proclivity for holding onto the traditions of the past. Some say it’s nostalgia, some say it’s a fear of change, and your average Leftist will say it’s because of a desire to actively propagate racism and bigotry.
This is generally the collective thought on the Right’s motivations (or lack thereof) for not being as open to the progressive ideologies that have become the norm these days…
But this idea couldn’t be further from the truth.
When it comes down to it, there’s really only ONE reason why Conservatives don’t latch onto progressive ideals and embrace sweeping change like the Left does: their way REMOVES freedoms from Americans rather than giving them to everyone equally.
The Left’s willingness to take from some rather than given to all is the biggest sticking point keeping us from seeing eye to eye on a lot of this stuff—and it’s something we’ll have to address if we’re ever going to move forward as a unified country.
The Left’s answer to everything isn’t cooperation…
It’s destruction in the name of progress.
Let’s Keep The Good Stuff
They want to get rid of everything we have in the United States—even the good stuff—in order to usher their vague concept of a utopia that could never (and SHOULD never) exist.
And because of their efforts, there are some very good things falling by the wayside on an almost daily basis.
That being said, there’s at least one time-honored American tradition that has been torn down that we can and should resurrect, as it’s needed more now than ever before.
It’s an American tradition so deeply entrenched in our society that one could almost say that it’s the very fabric of what makes our country great.
The Digital Age has given birth to wonders. We have so many creature comforts these days that I believe you’d be hard-pressed to find a person in America without a smartphone or computer (or at least the ability to readily access one).
It’s just a part of life in 21st Century society.
However, with these innovations and wonders comes infinitely increased connection.
The world, the vast and expansive world, has been shrunken down and can now be held in the palm of our hand.
That being the case, we often find ourselves believing that we hold actual power and influence over the world via our screens. We’ve convinced ourselves that what we have to say really matters and that other people want to hear it.
Mind Your Business, America
There was once a tradition that Americans upheld here that did us a lot of good for a very long time.
It’s a tradition that I believe needs to be resuscitated and brought back to the American forefront.
With all the different social media platforms floating around out there, with the billions of users that spend countless hours a day hanging on every word of every other user on their timeline, it really gets you to thinking…and an epiphany hit me.
What ever happened to Americans minding their own business?
Remember when you didn’t know why your neighbors were getting a divorce?
Remember when didn’t know if your favorite baseball players used anti-LGBTQ language to harass each other in the locker room?
Remember when you didn’t know why a prominent gymnast quit their big competition?
That was because it was during a time when Americans minded their own business.
Sure, we stood up for people when we needed to, because nobody likes to see abuse or bullying, but personal business remained personal.
What happened to allowing people to be the imperfect creations they are without heaping our opinions and judgments upon them?
This is a tradition to which we need to return.
We need to go back to when nobody cared to know what was going on behind somebody else’s doors.
There are too many unimportant opinions floating around about too many unimportant people.
Do you want to make the world a better place?
Do it the right way.
Mind your business, take care of your own first, and as soon as you get that sorted out, you can move out to the next concentric circle of your community.
Until then, quit pretending you’re an expert or that you have all the answers.
Most of us can barely form a complete sentence.
Mind your business, America.
We’ll be much better off when we do.
“Cultivate your own garden and let go of your tendency to examine and judge how others cultivate theirs. Catch yourself in moments of gossip about how others ought to be living and rid yourself of thoughts about how they should be doing it this way, or how they have no right to live and think as they do. Stay busy and involved in your own projects and pursuits.” – Wayne Dyer