But today, I think he got it right. Really right. Like, 100% right.
The new Big Three is Guns, Gays and Abortion.
Brooks was asked his opinion of why the trend in the country is towards Gay rights, the trend is to ignore Gun rights and the trend is against Abortion after the first trimester. In the “asker’s” opinion, there seems to be tension pulling these issues from opposite sides. One is trending “left”, one is trending “right”, and one is not trending at all.
What she really wants to know is why isn’t the left or right winning on all these issues? How come they are trending in three different directions.
Brooks answers very profoundly and eloquently. His basic premise is that Americans seek to maintain the social fabric of their existence.
Most Americans have gay friends, co-workers, relatives, neighbors etc. and therefore it preserves the social fabric of the American’s existence to provide rights for their gay acquaintances.
Guns is a rural vs. urban issue so it depends on where you live that you seek to preserve your social environment. Thus, there is little movement on this issue.
Finally, on abortion, he proclaims most Americans are torn by the issue. We are uncomfortable imposing any opinion on our fellow Americans because it is such a sensitive issue. Thus, most people fall in the middle and trend slightly to the left or the right but are not vocal about it. Therefore, change is not likely on the abortion issue.
Wow. Brooks really did a great job explaining how our country works. Really, he has explained how humans work. How our world works. We care about our social environments and we try to preserve them.
Truthfully, humans are social beings. This is what really separates man from beast. We interact in a more complex way than any other being in our world.
We consider any hominid existence prior to the establishment of a social environment such as cities as prehistoric. History begins when we begin to socialize our existence.
We continue socializing in our lives to this very day.
When we meet new people we are socializing.
When we have guests join us for a meal we are socializing.
I believe that the synagogue is a social place. Certainly, our Shul on the Beach is a social place. Yes, we worship in shul, but that could technically be done solo.
We are mandated by Halacha to create and foster houses of worship and to attend them as a group to appeal to the social needs of man.
So come join us!