“All happy families resemble one another, each unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.” – Tolstoy.
The difference between progressives/liberals/lefties are libertarians comes down ultimately to their perspective on people. can you trust them? Are they basically good, with bad tendencies, or basically bad, with good potential? Do they need to be pruned, or controlled? The arguments we have about levels of reasonability or propriety are ones of degree, but they’re fundamentally undercut by a great divide. Are people good?
Hannah Arendt wrote about the banality of evil; how evil was the result of shirking moral responsibilities or duties. I think the corrallary is that goodness has its own banality. How much does the world notice daily acts of kindness, how often is the good samaritan recognized? For something to be taken for granted, it must first be taken; for something to be overlooked it must first be seen.
We recognize shining moments of goodness, like the responders to 9/11 or the sacrifice that stalks the military. But the daily goodness of getting kids to soccer practice or getting dinner on the table is banal, but no less important. Today of all days, let’s reflect on the basic, subtle, banal decency of people.
Update: For example, consider this.