Regardless of who we are, we all see things in black and white, good or bad, right or wrong based on our own experiences and background; when actually everything in this world – every belief and action exist in some shade of grey.
The Chinese symbol of Yin and Yang shows white and black in equal proportions, but each side should exist in different proportions according to the issue.
We all are guilty of fallacious thinking, that everything we reason, everything we believe is factual and everything opposing our view is false. A twenty-year-old can tell you in one sentence how to solve all the world’s problems and strife; but, as we age the grey seeps in.
Like Jurassic Park there are always two scenarios.
Saddam Hussein is a bad guy; lets remove the bad guy and all will be better - equals simplistic thinking.
As a liberal I am against war. I would like to downsize our military and drastically cut our military budget, transferring our spending to social programs. Great idea, but…. About one third of our manufacturing base depends directly on military contracts and millions of people's jobs depend on companies depending on military contracts.
Yin and Yang in different proportions.
Even daylight and dark vary according to the seasons.
Health care and pharmaceutical companies are leaches that will eventually suck everyone’s blood. They are companies for profit not for health. I would like to see Medicare for all and government control of pharmaceutical products. But this would mean the end of health insurance companies and the socialization of pharmaceuticals. Again, Yin and Yang in different proportions: millions of people would lose their jobs and their retirements. The eventual outcome might be better, but it would be disastrous in the short term. Billions of dollars of profits curtailed – I am not sure it can ever be done.
I have life insurance, most people do: what happens to the security of our love ones when insurance companies go under – like the environment everything in the economy exist in a web, you destroy one link of the web and the whole web can be effected.
Where am I going with this: the Ol’Buzzard is riding the updrafts and passing the time with contemplation while waiting to discover the next piece of carrion… oops, a dead skunk on the road – let me take a look.