2 guiding principles

Theodore Roosevelt (1904) English: President o...

Theodore Roosevelt (1904) English: President of the United States Theodore Roosevelt, head-and-shoulders portrait, facing front. Deutsch: Theodore Roosevelt (1858–1919), Präsident der Vereinigten Staaten von 1901 bis 1909, Friedensnobelpreisträger des Jahres 1906. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I have been a member of the GOP all my life, but recently I have been catching some flack for not subscribing to current GOP dogma. I have evolved over the years from being a severe conservative to someone approximating a progressive or liberal. I suppose I could describe myself as a Republican in the model of Teddy Roosevelt. The criticism started me thinking about where I rank party loyalty in my life’s goals, and these are my current thoughts on the matter.

The two principal principles in my life are the search for truth and my concern for the welfare of my fellow-man/woman or all humanity. These two items are tied for first place; one does not outrank the other, and neither is able to stand alone. Truth guides my concerns for humanity, and without concern for my fellow-man, truth has little value. If  I were a religious person, I would elevate religion to a third principal principle, equal to the search for truth and my concern for my fellow-man. These two principles are followed by my concern for country and only then my regard for party. Thus my party membership takes a backseat to my other concerns and ranks last among them.

My search for truth is ongoing and never-ending. New information is assimilated and is welcomed, whether it confirms previously held beliefs or challenges them. By humanity, I mean all human life on the planet. I make no distinction by race, color, creed, religious belief, sexual orientation or economic status.