WE HAVE A DUTY TO EXAMINE OUR THINKING AND LOOK CLEARLY AT WHAT INFORMS OUR DECISION-MAKING
We are dealing with an issue that must not be debated to the sound of the tribal drum and the pound of tribal feet. The issue is not about ‘that crowd,’ it’s not about their arrogance, their smugness their triumphalism, their smoked salmon socialism or their self-righteousness. If we let it become all about those prejudices, then we have let it become an excuse for two tribes to go to war.
As we head into the maelstrom of this debate we each have a duty to examine our thought processes and to look clearly and coldly at what is informing our decision-making. In fairness to ourselves and to all the women who ever have, or ever will have to make huge decisions, we need to filter out the echo of the tribe and stand on our own to cogitate and reflect deeply on why we are leaning one way or the other.
The words of TS Eliot from his play Murder in the Cathedral come to mind as a warning: “And this is the greatest treason, to do the right deed for the wrong reason.”