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Wednesday, February 26, 2014

SOMEWHERE IN THE MIDDLE


SOMEWHERE IN THE MIDDLE
 
I constantly read where it is very important to your health to stay hydrated.  Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate…and yet it is possible to drink too much water…too much water can kill you.

Running is excellent for your health.  Runners have a strong heart, great endurance, and low blood pressure…and yet some marathon runners don’t know when to stop, they keep on pushing themselves until it kills them.

The Planet is warming.  Eventually this warming will cause destructive storms beyond our imagination, there will be floods, droughts, and the sea will rise and swallow up our coastal cities…or not.  Should we stop burning all fossil fuels?  Do we rely on wind?  It is killing eagles. Do we get rid of coal and stop drilling for oil? Whole sections of our economy would go into deep depression.

Sometimes the wrong people own and use guns.  Children are being killed in school.  Do we make gun ownership illegal, take away everyone’s guns? Criminals will still have guns, will crime run rampant?

Sexual harassment is a big problem today, always has been I guess, what laws need to be passed?  When is a flirting glance or a casual coy comment harassment?  Should six year olds be allowed to hold hands? Is a kiss on the cheek objectionable?  Maybe we should separate all areas of life by gender, but then what of our gender confused citizens?

Air pollution is a problem.  If we over-regulate industry, our economy may collapse, if we don’t regulate at all we will have the pollution issues which are hurting the economy and the people in China.

Voter identification and regulation…too stringent and you scare legitimate voters away, too lax and elections are decided by people that do not even exist.

Pot, good or bad?  Cigarettes, booze, narcotics, gambling, prostitution, taxes…all these issues have proponents for complete elimination and proponents for a no regulation, laissez faire solution.

Welfare, Medicaid, minimum wage, Unions, Golden Parachutes, unemployment benefits, tax loopholes, business regulations…all are needed and in some instances, all are abused.

Abortion, any reference to God in Government, civil rights, income distribution…so many issues…so few answers.

Republican, Democrat, Conservative, Liberal, who is right, who is wrong? We fight every issue from one side or the other.  Politics is dog eat dog, my way or the highway, anything goes.  The other side is always stupid, selfish, corrupt and evil.

Maybe the answer is somewhere in the middle.        

20 comments:

  1. Funnily enough I've been pondering some of the same issues Joe - I wonder if they were prompted by the same thing ... I'm fairly in the middle with many of the above. I believe in freedom of choice (even the choice to make bad decisions) and I believe that there must be balance. There are mostly no right or wrong answers which perhaps makes me sound a little wishy washy - I do have strong views in some areas but tend on the whole to keep them to myself, practicing rather than preaching - hmmm, maybe I AM a little wishy washy ...

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  2. Somewhere in the middle is the answer. We are either too far right or too far left. In the middle would make much more sense to most of us.

    Have a fabulous day. ☺

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  3. Brilliant post, Cranky. That's what I've been saying for years: the extremists on both the left and the right are causing us grave harm. Common sense should tell us that the right path is somewhere in the middle, in compromise. Anyone remember "common sense"?

    And yeah, I might be a bit taken back if you gave me a peck on the cheek and wanted to hold my hand, but I could probably compromise and accept a wink. :)

    S

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  4. As annoying, frustrating, aggravating, etc. as these differences of opinions and arguments can be, I believe they must continue so that that somewhat "safe" middle (democracy)can be maintained. We're way far from perfect, but don't send me anywhere else to live.

    Keep talking, asking, and writing, Cranky.

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  5. We need differing points of view to keep things balanced -- no one is right or wrong all the time. And sometimes extreme measures are necessary -- but usually only after common sense has not prevailed.

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  6. I keep hearing music...
    Stuck Here in the Middle With You

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  7. The answer to everything is in the middle, which is why the Roman's had a saying "...et in media res"--the middle road is safest.

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  8. that is the rub, isn't it? if you dare cast your lot folks assume you have to be all-in, no exceptions. once sides are drawn you can rest assured neither side is 'right'. so it seems

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  9. Well said. And oh, I wish our elected officials could somehow find that middle.

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  10. We had it in the fifties. Then it got lost along the way. ok. I blame the effect of talk radio (among other things.)

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  11. I have butt splinters from straddling the fence. Sure would like some company.

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  12. Yes, yes, yes!

    "The middle" and "common sense" are highly underrated.

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  13. I am in the middle of doing my taxes right now. I wish I had not yet started, or that I was already done. The middle is not all it's cracked up to be.

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  14. But the other side IS always stupid, selfish, corrupt and evil.

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  15. As far as I'm concerned six year olds should be allowed to hold hands, even walk around the school yard with arms over each others shoulders like we did when we were kids. what the heck is wrong with that sort of thing? the world is becoming far too sanitised.

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  16. Most of the time staying in the middle is good. However I will always stay away from cigarettes and other drugs. Alcohol is forbidden in my faith.

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  17. I'm a firm believer that the best answer is usually somewhere in the middle. But - I live in Massachusetts where thinking in the middle is not often welcomed. I usually just keep my mouth shut.

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