It occurred to me in conversation with Angela yesterday that the problem I have with politics is that I can’t understand how people can be so sure about things. I know people who are without a doubt more intelligent than I and who are very committed to living a Christian life and following the direction of the Spirit who are absolutely convinced that the Democrat platform is the more moral and responsible one. And, of course, I know other people who are without a doubt more intelligent than I and equally committed to living a Christian life and following the Spirit who are completely sure that the Republican platform is the more moral and responsible one.
And then there are the individual issues. How can two people pray about gun control or immigration or how to help the unemployed and come away with opposite views? And how can they be so convinced of the rightness of their views that they are willing to proclaim them and argue them everywhere—even on other people’s blogs and facebook walls?
I just wonder where all of this absolute conviction comes from. I would like to have it, but it makes me squirm. Especially, especially, it makes me squirm when I hear it from politicians themselves. How can they lead when they are so very sure? How can they not consider the other side of things, about which so many intelligent and honest people are equally sure?
(Again, I love comments, but I don’t want a political discussion here. You could, however, talk about ways of knowing, without being specific . . . )