A. In the political arena, including the
polls, do not support political bills which call for the sacrifice
or persecution of others. If it helps you to see that these bills
are, by definition, authored solely to satisfy political or sectarian
aims of a political action group, then look for that connection.
Do not support passage or advocacy of bills under which some stand
to benefit at the expense of others, even if you stand to benefit.
It is insane that we have in this country thousands of splinter
groups supporting gay rights, black rights, gun rights, pilot's
rights, smoker's rights or the rights of the elderly. Yet each group
sees itself as competing for a share of the same static quantity
of "rights", as if rights were a consumable, non-replenishable
resource, and so we have practically no groups dedicated to the
promotion and defense of all rights.
B. In the cultural arena, do not support
cultural movements or advocacies which exploit differences between
cultural groups to foster distrust or hatred. Support those groups
which foster mutual understanding and support. Form principled ethical
standards, stick to them, and support the causes you believe in
-- but do not attack the right of others to form their own, similar
Do not attack the rights of others in the name of securing them
for yourself and your affinity group.
C. In the religious or spiritual arena,
whatever your conviction, practice the Golden Rule as it applies
to yourself, and allow others the freedom to practice the Golden
Rule as they see fit, too. We are all guaranteed religious freedom
-- which means the freedom to disagree, and the freedom to be left
"Live and let live" is a good guideline for spiritual
judgement. Judge, and prepare to be judged, but do not tolerate
the advocacy of laws which call for the denigration, persecution,
defamation or prosecution of others simply because you do not approve.
In all these arenas, speak out against injustice against others
as you would injustice against yourselves. If you do not defend
justice, not only could injustice happen to you, it will.
Notice that in this whole discussion
there is not one mention of what "they" should do. The
presumption here is that you, as individuals, are calling the shots
at the ballot box, opinion polls and dollar vote.
The presumption is that if there is anything left that "they"
should be doing, it's never been adequate, and there's no reason
to expect that it will become adequate in our lifetimes.