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Fixed Points Of Reference Guide A Conservative Like Myself—Everyday Life Offers Both Clear Facts And Hopeful Imagination

Above is a picture I took last week while on a walk in Houston’s great Tony Marron Park.

It is hard to get lost in a flat city like Houston because Downtown is visible from so many vantage points.

This is a fine metaphoric example for a conservative like myself to say that we need fixed points of reference to find our way in life.

Hard work, reading, civic involvement, my marriage, longtime relationships of many kinds, and my core beliefs serve as some of my fixed reference points in life.

You will have your own points of reference that help you move ahead in life.

At the same time, imagination and metaphor are also essential to a complete life.

As Sojourner Truth said—It is the shadow that sells the substance.

As for today’s so-called political conservatives who have beliefs rooted in denial of the clear facts of climate change and who see America symbolically as a white Christian nation—These are people rooted neither in facts or in hopeful imagination.

A complete life requires both the seen and unseen.

A complete life requires both the clear facts of the matter and imagination.

Look around you each day and you will see all these things in everyday life.

July 31, 2012 - Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , ,


  1. “who have beliefs rooted in denial of the clear facts of climate change”

    Even for you, that’s hyperbolic nonsense.

    Comment by Matt Bramanti | July 31, 2012

  2. That is odd for you to say as you folks vote for crazy extreme right-winger Ted Cruz for the U.S. Senate today.

    Comment by Neil Aquino | July 31, 2012

  3. Neil, you used to be contemptuous of phrases like “you people.”

    Did something change, or was that just a slip of your normally admirable self-discipline?

    Comment by Matt Bramanti | August 1, 2012

  4. You people and you folks sure did select some nutballs in the primary runoffs on Tuesday.

    Comment by Neil Aquino | August 2, 2012

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