Clark recently shared memories of working at the NYT, with the recorder running. And then the conversation branched to philosophy and many other topics. He talked about being in New York on Sept. 11. At some point the recorder stopped.
But the ideas remained. I think about violence. How it has its uses (think of our ancestors' use of violence to survive); how it can be an acceptable response or an irresponsible, inflammatory one.
Every child, everybody needs security. To be conservative, to me, means to work for stability. Conserve resources. Conserve lifestyle choices (including fuel use).
Huge change can be a form of violence, sickening to the spirit. Sometimes we may not even realize it. Corporations that abandon one community for another are irresponsible. They commit violence against the good of the order. They are conserving nothing except their own sense of entitlement. I’m thinking of Hershey here, and Milton and Catherine Hershey’s noble legacy. They provided steady work for decades for many people, including my father’s parents. They created much good through the school they founded. Their good works were woven into the community.
Place the well-being of the people first in order to ensure a secure future for everybody. Honor the grocery store stockers, the janitors, the butt-wipers (nurses and nurses' aides); the underpaid workers who are told to educate themselves if they want a better salary and healthcare coverage. Acknowledge that we need their work as much as a CEO's.
Honor our community. Conserve our resources that we are giving away to frackers, at a cost to the good health of our environment that we must take more seriously. We are badly damaging our air and our water. Good conservatives should work for clean energy, and a conservative, conservation-centered lifestyle, for our sake, and for the sake of our descendants.