The Grey Zones In Life
I’m presuming you are coming into this with an open mind, and I hope you won’t prove me wrong. Politics is presenting itself in a more constant state of how my mental illness presented itself when I was a teenager with things having to be one way or the other. In a sort of absolute black or white with there being no grey area in between the two. It’s been that way for a while on a lot of topics just now it is more pronounced on a wider range of issues.
Abortion is one of the original issues where the heat keeps getting turned up. Honestly, I choose for the side of Pro-Choice, but before you condemn me as a baby killer let me explain. I am Pro-Life in my personal life and Pro-Choice in the letter of the law and always saw the two as needing to be balanced. A grey area if you will.
Most of where grey areas are for people to have one set of rules for personal life but when dealing with the government doing what is required by law. Such as there is a speed limit that most choose to go over now and then but they know around police to slow down. If they don’t they pay the ticket they get as a result. It’s not black and white there is some chose in whether you take the risk and how much over the speed limit an officer will allow along with where and when.
Our own childhoods have their own grey areas built in as well. Where once we hit 13 we are no longer kids and not quite adults. We are teenagers or adults in training basically. So, you will have to excuse me as I laugh at the way people call teenagers kids and young adults along with when. It is just interesting the way we as human being choose to look at teenagers.
Pizza delivery is another area where black and white thinking has failed. Though it crashed and burned way sooner than now. There used to be a competition on who could deliver your pizza faster and with companies promising delivery by those times or it was free. Problem is the companies can’t control traffic or other things happening between the store and your house. So, a lot of delivery drivers ended up causing accidents just trying to keep their jobs by getting to houses on time. I much prefer the pizza trackers now offered though since then you get an idea of when to expect the pizza in a more realistic way. Especially, after you order a few times from a certain place.
The mail is another grey area as well. Though for some it is known as snail mail. We all hate the junk mail we get even if we don’t complain since it gives us a deal now and then as well as helps keep the Postal Service running so smoothly. The flyers don’t get sent for free after all.
We all hate taxes as well thinking they do nothing but go in the greedy politicians’ pockets as well. And, granted they are paid a bit more than they should be, and some of what is paid in taxes go to pay them. We also tend to think the good things we get from our taxes such as the fire department and the police department along with public education as well as basic street repair to name a few aren’t invested in properly.
Part of it is not proper taxation along with things coming up that aren’t expected and then problems in a budget cause a thing to get left undone for too long, which can cause a snowball effect. The snowball effect is an effect that is the same as starting at the top of a hill with a snowball and rolling it to the bottom. IT gets pretty big and the same thing can happen with infrastructure and other things.
Mind you I think if you were told you could opt out of taxes you would jump to until you were told that the condition of doing so was that you could not use anything paid for by taxes. It would amaze people at what they lost and how something they thought was so cut and dry really isn’t.
Even why internet trolls act like internet trolls is not cut and dry. I suspect that some of it has to do with the fact that they are in their own home when using it normally so use their private voices instead of what they would use out in public. That is still a hypothesis though.
Math is one of the few areas where it is pretty much black and white though. I mean there are relatively few people who are going to argue with anyone saying 2+2 equaling 4. As long as you word it that way it is hard to argue against it mind you. I have heard of a first-grade lesson trying to teach it that wasn’t worded well enough that led to an argument against it. In that cased the student’s logic was excellent. Basically, the teacher left a loophole open that made it so the student added in an apple in his lunch bag to the four in the problem she was using as an example.
So, what is the point to all of this? Mainly that we need to tone ourselves down and listen more. We might learn something and have our own views changed a bit. Not everyone is out to get us as we might want to think. Some might be thinking along the same lines just not with the same terminology as we are using if we just take the time to listen a bit more.
*Tips his hat and walks out the door towards the store for a soda*