If you read texts of faiths other than yours, are you a heretic?
If you believe in clean air, water, and forests, and the environment are you anti-development?
If you believe in industry and growing economies, are you anti-environment?
If you believe in the freedom of other faiths, customs, languages and cultures, are you anti-national?
If you don’t believe in subsidies, handouts and trade barriers, are you a free-marketer?
If you believe in a meritocracy, are you anti-downtrodden?
If you feel the less-enfranchised should be provided all possible means to become more enfranchised, are you anti-meritocracy?
If you don’t like gas-guzzling cars and an oil-economy, are you anti-industry?
If you do not subscribe to ritual, and overt religious evangelicalism, are you godless and irreligious?
If you believe in separation of church and state, are you immoral?
If you believe in scientific fact, are you no longer allowed to pray?
If you find other cultures as fascinating as your own, do you become “against your culture”?
If you don’t wrap the flag around you, are you unpatriotic?
If you believe in economic opportunity independent of State control, are you a right-wing hawk?
If you point out what you think is a flaw in your own culture, are you a “brown sahib”?
If you aren’t part of the political-religious right, are you a communist?
If you don’t like communists, are you a socialist?
If you don’t like socialists, are you a capitalist?
If you don’t like capitalists, are you leftist?
If you don’t like leftists, do you even exist?
My old school, my alma mater, has a motto, composed over a century ago, when the world was different.
Or was it?
Nec decstrosum, nec sinistrosum
Neither to the right, nor to the left, but on straight on.