I’m a fundamentalist. There I said it. Phew…What a relief coming out of the closet. Perhaps the last taboo in
Fundamentalism threatens Americans not because of any particular ideology but due to the tendency of fundamentalists to want to impose their beliefs at all costs on everyone else. In fact, Americans can care less what I think about anything as long as I don’t expect anything from them. The problem is that fundamentalists are so convinced of their views that they want to eliminate any dissenting opinions from the national discourse. Americans do not want anyone dictating morality to them even from amongst their own ideologues.
In our efforts to avoid fundamentalism at all costs, Americans have unfortunately swung to a dangerous opposite extreme. Complete apathy for what my neighbor believes or how he conducts himself in the privacy of his own home permeates our culture. As long as our fellow citizen does not impose his beliefs on us, our only interest in his life is voyeuristic status update watching. We simply do not care how his beliefs affect him or how his actions affect his family as long as he stays on his side of the fence. The questions I ask myself are -
Can we create a society in which people have the passion in their beliefs like a fundamentalist, yet respect other views?
On the other hand can we advocate freedom and pluralism yet educate concern for what our neighbor thinks and does, even when it does not affect us?
I’m convinced that I’m right about this but I am still anxious to hear what you think. You are entitled to your opinion but I reserve the right to be concerned that your views are bad for you even if they are not bad for