Not Much Has Changed Since Village Politics
Looking at Village Politics, a particular line in the text struck me. “A good man is a good man, whether his church has got a steeple to it or not. The new fashioned way of proving one’s religion is to hate somebody.” How relevant is that to today’s culture? Incredibly. Just look at the 9/11 attacks. Afterwards, half the world was in fear and profiling anyone who looked like they could be of Islamic descent. This was incredibly frustrating to me, as I recognized that it was a group of radicals who were responsible for the 9/11 attacks, and not an entire religious body.
As Jack in Village Politics said, “As much as I hate republican works, I’d scorn to live in a country where there’s not liberty of conscience, and where every man not worship God his own way.” Amen, Jack! So long as any peoples ‘religion is not infringing upon my civil rights and liberties, let them do as they please. It is a part of this nations’ heart to have a separation of church and state. This separation calls for a freedom that allows our people to be enlightened. We are allowed to question legislation publicly and discuss whatever we please because our government recognizes that such freedom is not detrimental to society, but will instead further our progress. So, why have certain individuals become so shallow and immature that they will judge people on religion or appearance? Why do they not recognize that freedom allows for diversity amongst a nations’ citizens? I do not know. An “enlightened person” would not allow for judgement to be passed, and since folks are still behaving that way, it is apparent that Village Politics should still be read and reflected upon. People sometimes forget what it means to be free. Freedom entitles each man to his own beliefs and way of life, so long as he follows the laws.