God lives in the uniqueness buried in the center of every soul.
God is precisely what is not identical — yet, this very uniqueness is what we most have in common.
The connection between our unique centers gives life value.
This center-to-center intimacy alone nourishes us. Without it, we starve. Like starving people, we lose our appetites, and eventually nourishment itself becomes life-threatening. If all we are is identity and our relationships are with instances of identity, we can never feel fulfillment, only an engorged emptiment.
The Buddhists describe hungry ghosts as having have tiny throats and huge hollow bellies they cannot fill. Hungry ghosts are identical.
Liberalism is the coalition of the unique.
We are the ones who value the unique, and want to protect and cultivate uniqueness in ourselves and in every other person.
Liberalism is politics of protecting each and everyone one of us from politics and its imposition of unwanted, unchosen identities.
We might have to join together temporarily to oppose the imposition of identities upon us, but in the process we must take care not to lose our uniqueness.
“Whoever fights monsters should see to it that in the process he does not become a monster. And when you look into the abyss, the abyss also looks into you.”
The ideal liberal wants to overcome identifications as soon as possible, and to invite out the strange and surprising being hidden inside the stranger. This is not done through “good listening”. It is done through a collaborative act of conversation, through which uniqueness meets uniqueness, and creates uniqueness.