Aroha is the Maori word for love.
I have not changed my political stance very much.
I am not of the Right.
Any time I want to confirm that for myself I just need to think of my own brother who espouses the right to make money no matter what and fulminates against “dole bludgers” who want to steal his hard-earned money.
I am still a supporter of the underdog and think that it is the place of government to help those who have fallen through the cracks.
However, I have moved away from ideology to basing my life on perennial values.
I refuse to be manipulated into hatred (telling Truth to Power is quite a different matter.
We are being told from the (faux) Left that freedom is nothing but a right-wing trope but I claim that freedom to choose to live my life as I see best; that is based on the obverse of selfishness but is based on a philosophy of harmlessness.
For instance no one is going to tell me I can’t take cannabis oil for my medical condition or that I can’t espouse my right to choose how and when I leave this life, or, mostly importantly, that I have to take a death shot because the State has told me it is good for me.
The question throughout is how anything I believe or do causes harm to others.
In some ways that is similar to traditional liberalism because expressions like “live and let live” and “I disagree with what you are saying but defend your right to say it”.
I have been taught to hold up some people and vilify others – all on an ideological basis. Cameron Slater, formerly of Whaleoil, but now of the BFD is one example.
People DO change and circumstances can soften people.
There is no doubt he has been guilty of some pretty questionable activity.
But then Nicky Hager who wrote Dirty Politics has turned out to be an absolute disappointment, and Cameron Slater was capable of writing the following: –