There are some fundamental ideas that I believe are required before pluralism, and ultimately a just society, can be embraced.
Embracing the ideals of this list is a helpful way to engage with others in liberal dialogue to maximize liberty and autonomy for everyone.
We are radically inclusive but that doesn’t include hateful or hurtful ideologies.
We do not appropriate or assimilate other cultures.
We question everything and don’t accept easy answers.
We outright reject tribalism and xenophobia.
We value the lived experiences of others, ~even~ especially if it doesn’t make sense to us.
We think listening to people is better than tone-policing them but hate speech doesn’t ever deserve an audience.
We see the value of most worldviews and religious traditions.
We think it is arrogant to claim an exclusive relationship with a divine being or beings.
We don’t weaponize holy books.
We know that religion harbors evil and we think that the best people to fight that evil are people on the inside.
We eschew certainty and embrace ambiguity, mystery and paradox.
We let science trump “common sense” and religious dogma, but we also that it is excellent at explaining how and what but has a harder time with why sometimes.
We are advocates for free speech and expression but also recognize that not everyone is as free to speak because “free speech” trends toward the status quo.
We proclaim that political correctness is just basic respect for other identities and life experiences.
We believe that our actions follow our beliefs.
We support bodily autonomy and personal liberty.
We avoid identity politics.
We know that humans are played by cognitive biases and do our best to be avoid them.
We don’t believe that we are ever properly defined by labels but we admit that labels can be helpful as a starting point when held loosely.
We support a pragmatic, evidence based approach to public policy.
We embrace non-violence as a fundamental ideal but also acknowledge that justice is more important than order. We agree with Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. In Letter from a Birmingham Jail when he : “First, I must confess that over the last few years I have been gravely disappointed with the white moderate. I have almost reached the regrettable conclusion that the Negro’s great stumbling block in the stride toward freedom is not the White Citizen’s Council-er or the Ku Klux Klanner, but the white moderate who is more devoted to “order” than to justice; who prefers a negative peace which is the absence of tension to a positive peace wich is the presence of justice; who constantly says “I agree with you in the goal you seek, but I can’t agree with your methods of direct action;” who paternalistically feels he can set the timetable for another man’s freedom; who lives by the myth of time and who constantly advises the Negro to wait until a “more convenient season.” Shallow understanding from people of goodwill is more frustrating than absolute misunderstanding from people of ill will. Lukewarm acceptance is much more bewildering than outright rejection.