Archive for December 16th, 2007

You Voted For Who? WTF?

December 16, 2007

I had a through-the-looking-glass experience last night, y’all. I was reading some old posts from a blog I’ve recently discovered, and it happened.

I came to this blog by way of other blogs who link to her, and I read some of her recent posts, and one in particular made me feel a real kinship with her. I’m always looking for like-minded bloggers — it seems so much more enjoyable to spend my free moments reading about someone else’s kid than about war or poverty — so I bookmarked her. Then last night I went back to the beginning of her blog to catch up, and I ended up staring at the screen, dumbfounded.

This loving, compassionate, articulate woman who wrote so eloquently about why it’s wrong to let your child cry … voted for Bush. Not only that, but she is devoutly Catholic, anti-choice, and did I mention religious?

I know you’re probably all having a big, hearty horse laugh at me right now for being so narrow-minded as to think I could have nothing in common with someone whose politics are different from mine. What can I say, I’ve been running in pretty homogeneous circles of late, not to mention that numerically speaking, most of the conservatives I’ve met have been lacking in both the compassion and intelligence departments.

But once I thought about it for a minute, I realized that this blog experience dovetails perfectly with what I’ve been in the process of learning since I started law school about people who, on paper, share my basic world view. Not to put too fine a point on it, they are not always nice people. In fact, sometimes they are kind of cold, and heartless, and don’t at all treat people in ways that their beliefs indicate that they should. They are sometimes narcissists, put their careers before their loved ones, buy into hierarchies based on class privilege, and are judgmental as all get out. They are not always people with whom I feel any connection at all, and sometimes I find them downright repugnant.

Then there are people like this blogger who are more like me than I ever would have imagined.

What? You mean I actually have to evaluate people as individuals? My shortcuts don’t really work? Oy.

It took me 32 years, two degrees, three jobs, a husband, a baby, and a blog to learn that things aren’t as black and white as they seem. Better late than never?

P.S.  Lest anyone take this too literally, please note that I am making fun of myself.