[A letter to the editor of the Tule Times
(1/22/04 issue) in response to a letter attacking one of the Progressive
Writers' Bloc writers (and the left in general) as liars.]
We, the writers of the Left in America column welcome
dialogue, but not verbal abuse. In our columns we intend to provide
food for thought by expressing our views on controversial issues.
If someone would like to express their disagreement the usual procedure
is to state their own opinion about the topic, not belittle or make
wild accusations about the person on the other side of the dialogue.
Perhaps Mr. Gray really does think all liberals
disregard truth when he says, The left does not believe in
Truth as an absolute. That's what makes them leftists. I,
for one, believe the truth is out there in an absolute sense. Our
problem, as part of our human condition, is if Absolute Truth were
to reveal itself to us we would likely as not crucify it. The question
is not whether Absolute Truth exists. The question is how finite
human beings can know it absolutely. There are opposing viewpoints
on most significant questions, including politics, because we each
come at the truth with different life experience conditioning our
perceptions. We can transcend these differences to the extent that
we can have a little humility and listen to the perspectives of
others while acknowledging their fundamental humanity and good will.
The group of us who have gotten together to write
the Left in America column are sincerely trying to present a clear,
well-reasoned, and thought-out analysis of our society with high
regard for truth. Although each article has its own author, we disscuss
the articles among ourselves and share in the editing process before
they are submitted. Although we differ among ourselves, on some
issues, we have a lot of common ground in our perspectives. We dont
expect that everyone in the community will agree with everything
we say, but we should be able to expect that everyone will treat
us civilly, as we commit to do the same.