Not my most successful effort at getting a dumb ass answer, but the “ironic” part at the end is a nice touch.
BOTH SIDES DO IT
Q. With this issue, as with ALL issues, both sides are wrong. The truth is in the middle ALWAYS, on all issues. I don’t even check anymore what the issue is before I tell my wife “both sides are wrong, extremist, the truth is somewhere in between.” Why can’t more people realize this obvious fact, that the truth is always in the middle?
– December 05, 2012 1:17 PM Permalink
BRAD HIRSCHFIELD :
I hear you, and would make one small adjustment to your process. Listen to BOTH sides because the truth is often NOT in teh middle per se, but may be an amalgam of views from both sides. In other words, the solution is not always to split the difference, as much as it is to learn form both sides and create a third alternative. You may see that as a too fine distinction, but I assure you it is not.
“Extreme” positions can actually be correct, but it is rare that when one takes all of the extremes of one camp, and ignores all those of the other, that a wise response will be found. On the other hand, discounting a position simply because it comes from either the far-raight or far-left, robs us of alternatives which may actually be needed.
As to why people find all of this so difficult, it is because we are trained from very early on to confuse purety of thought with wisdom and sophistication, stuborness with loyalty, and adaptation with weakness. The last is particulalry ironic given that we are only here because our ability to adapt.
– December 05, 2012 1:49 PM
Update. Win, if I do say so myself.
Q. WHAT WOULD DAVID BRODER THINK?
As I watch these fiscal talks unfold, I wonder what David Broder would say about it if he were alive? If He’s looking down on us from heaven, what do you think he might be thinking? That he spent his whole life praising bipartisan moderation, and now look at the mess we’re in.
– December 05, 2012 1:20 PM Permalink
BRAD HIRSCHFIELD :
What a beautiful and powerful image to evoke. David Broder indeed. Thank you, especially from me personally, as he is one of my role models.
If it’s any comfort, I think he would be not only disturbed, but sagely sanguin. He would caution us to combine outrage about what is going on in both parties, but also remind us that we are a great nation populated with good people, and that we have every reason to believe that however bumpy the road, we will travel the road to a better place.
– December 05, 2012 1:57 PM