City of Roses
The graph is set up just like a X-Y graph in physics or algebra, etc. When you count a coordinate to the right of the Y axis, the number is positive, to the left it is negative. When you count a coordinate above the X axis, the number is positive, below it is negative.
By the way, if anyone is curious why I started this thread, it wasn't to make anyone feel exposed or anything and critique one another of how far to the left or the right, etc. we are.
I felt this was somewhat of a good way to understand where we all come from politically, as often we misunderstand one another and fail to connect. And when we evaluate each others scores, I don't want someone to think, "Oh, you are so far left, so of course you'd believe that!" or "Well, you're quite the authoritarian, so I expected you'd believe that!". Rather, we have to realize and understand we are all unique in our own ways, we all have different thoughts and approaches to the world, and, if anything, reveals the diversity and individuality of us all.
I feel culturally we're often put into a metonymy, with headlines always reading, "The U.S believes..." or "The U.S responded...", etc. I believe that's unhealthy. It sends out wrong information and the theory we all think the same way under what some think of as the "big machine". In a way, this sort of clears that misunderstanding and reminds everyone not everyone can expect to agree with everything you say and we must rather respect the diversity and fruitfulness of our ideas and thoughts, for dissent and diversity is what makes fruitful, healthy dialogue and development.
As my results show, I am very far to the left, and very far down in libertarian status, and in fact thus far I've had the highest libertarian score here, but it doesn't mean I am so biased my heart is closed steel doors to those on the right who have opinions of their own. I respect what they have to say and though I may disagree quite often, I believe they have ever so much to contribute, to build communities, and must be respected.
Of course, when you're young, your hormones are raging and you often have rebellious instincts because you're going through a difficult transition in life between staying in the nest and desiring to spread your wings and fly from the nest, so it could be I'm more liberal than I really am right now. Of course I do live quite an alternative lifestyle as well, so I do believe my results were pretty accurate.
God Bless You All!
"You'll find something that's enough to keep you
But if the bright lights don't receive you
You should turn yourself around and come back home" MB20
[This message has been edited by Mistletoe Angel (11-27-2004 04:55 PM).]