Friday, October 29, 2004

Third Parties

In listening to the third party candidates on C-SPAN this morning, I was struck by how they all seize on one piece of the social fabric and then pull hard on it. With that many people pulling in every direction on the social fabric, pretty soon the fabric will be in tatters. In fact, the social fabric is already in tatters. Pulling on it some more is not a recipe for restoring anything in society except the need to re-weave it.

We don't need more political parties. We need more forums. We don't need more ideologies or more labels or more shouting. We need more listening and giving people room to exist in the world. Most of all, we need more empathy and less selfishness.

If I were to advocate any political party at all, it would be the Human Party.