Homer Alaska - Letters

Story last updated at 5:00 PM on Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Opposing sides want same thing

Evolution, whether we believe in it or not, truly exists. Many folks say today that things are much better in this world than it was even 50 years ago. Once upon a time, in some places, genocide was the answer. Today, we know this is absolutely immoral and do what we can to prevent it. You can easily call this some form of evolution.

We are at a crux in time where we as the human species need to determine which next step in evolution we will take. I am specifically referring to the socialist vs. conservative argument, or the 99 percent vs. the 1 percent.

Occupiers in many ways are working as a collective with many socialist ideals. Conservatives, Tea Partiers, etc., seem to want less regulation, more independence. One side cries out, "equal wealth for all, take care of everyone" whereas the other side cries out, "take care of yourselves, survival of the fittest." It's quite a radical opposite in some ways, whereas both wish to have a better society.

So, if we are to be socialist, we would provide each person with health care, education and human needs, hoping that this contribution would be returned after graduation, etc. If we were to be conservatives, we would rely only on ourselves and we would dismantle all forms of welfare hoping that the people would be less reliant on others and more reliant upon themselves.

It's quite a shift, if you really think about it, whichever way you go.

So, what should we do and what benefits do each possess? What negatives are there to each? This is the question we must truly ask ourselves. We all know that there is something wrong in this world and it needs to change. We as a species need to get over our differences and decide which path we should take. Maybe this is as simple as merging both ideals together to reach a medium maybe instead of drawing up lines in the sand we should reach out to one another even when we disagree.

It's worth a shot.

Jeremiah Emmerson