I think I believe the political things I do now due to critical thinking and reading about science.
Reading about science will make you a humanist, as you can deeply bathe alone in the beauty of the vastness of discovery in all that exists, and possess empathy for each and every other living human’s worst trials and tribulations.
Reading about science will make you an environmentalist, both as a survival mechanism for our species, and from an appreciation in the appropriately evolved brain regions of the vision of light wave-particles representing a fragile but physical ecosystem.
Reading about science will make you a progressive, recognizing the routine obstacles and opportune advancements available to the flourishing young species, in an optimistic attempt to evolve into something greater.
Reading about science will make you pro-LGBTQ rights, when you begin to understand that human sexuality (as no different than all other observed species on the planet) is a spectrum of varying degrees of brain states and natural physiology.
There are things, however, for which I seemingly fight against the science. Large proportions of our numbers prefer to stay the course, observe the status quo, reap the benefits of our exploitation, and feed.
I believe in liberty. I believe in freedom. I believe in the individual rights of every variety up to but not including those that affect the individual rights of others. If you do infringe on the civil rights of another (as a rapist or murderer or thief or kidnapper or corporate plunderer or embezzler or bribe-accepting crooked policy-maker), then you should be given the fairest trial imaginable and if still found guilty, be punished in accordance to the pain or suffering of the offended individual, and no more. The only exception to this is in cases where the offender represents a future threat, in which case the individual should simply be sequestered from society. The purpose of government is a facilitation of services, regulations, insurances and social contracts that are agreed upon by the members of that society. The purpose of government is not control, it is arbitration. The system of laws and penalties are the results of findings in legal precedent in deciding what benefits our species and its environment best.
With creative thought and personal liberties threatened by corporate fraud, legalized systems of corruption, political bribery, systemized oppression, censorship, violations of privacy, involuntary compulsion to self-testify, indefinite detainment, racial profiling and discrimination, indoctrinated economic inequities, endangerment by unnecessary yet catastrophic war, and even sanctioned assassination, it is difficult to imagine a flourishing of the spontaneous, imaginative, inventive, adaptable, risk-taking, persistently change-making mutants attempting to evolve our species. We call them geniuses because they’re only incrementally affecting the gene pool towards a new classification, but they’re there.
The needs of the many do outweigh the needs of the few (Winston Churchill, so I’m told, and not Mr. Spock), and when we allow the sapenice to be put back in Sapens, many of these questions seem so very simple and obvious. Especially with the realization that our own government is causing so much of it. Stop. Just stop. Don’t even look back. Stop proliferating violence and military entanglements around the world. Stop oppressing the underprivileged and underserved. Stop not only ignoring the crimes of a certain class, but routinely bailing them out at the expense of others. Stop infringing on the rights of the people that make up your country, both in word and in deed. Stop destroying the ecosystem we inhabit, if we intend to continue living here for a while longer. Put the brakes on. Freeze. Halt. Stop.
No, I’m not a civil libertarian because I’m a good member of the species, simply eating away in the ways we are told best suit our present state. I am a civil libertarian because I believe in the mutants. I believe that the outliers, given the freedom for growth, will make us all incrementally better, and not just greater.
But perhaps we needs to follow a natural progression of Homo Sapiens, Homo Dominus, Homo Maximus, Homo Awesomus, and finally Homo Hubris.