This week, the former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, on her book tour, discussed hard choices she had to make in her career. One doesn’t have to be high in public office to have to tackle those kind of problems. Every issue in our lives these days seems to be divided into two sides. As a family one is either for breastfeeding the new infant or bottle feeding. It has to be one or the other.
Unfortunately, in our society there only seems to be two sides to every issue. One is either on one side or the other. There can be no middle ground. If one is going to be in the fight, one has to decide which side to be on.
I remember one school lunch issue was under discussion in the town where I lived. The question was whether to have the school cafeteria closed or open during lunch hour. Should students be allowed to go off the school property for lunch or be confined to the school lunch room where only healthy food would be served? In the end, the parents won. No one was allowed to leave school property at lunch.
Personally, I felt there were more than two sides to this issue. My son was a poor eater and refused to eat spinach until he became an adult and understood the importance of a healthy diet. I’ve eaten fresh greens all my life. Plain spinach is not something I enjoy. My question is, is it better to eat no lunch or a bad lunch? Is there no in-between?
To me, there are a lot of questions like that. There are actually more than just two sides to every issue. For example, I grew up in a family of four daughters and three sons. I can’t think of too many subjects that didn’t have at least four points of view. We couldn’t agree on the most popular cartoons in the newspaper. Whenever there was an opportunity to pick out our favorite cartoons, we could never agree.
I think that ultimately, people are going to have to realize there are more than two sides to every question. And we are really not going to come to a satisfactory answer to any of our problems until we recognize that many more people have an opinion.
I think that our political system needs to grow. Obviously, the more opinions we have, the greater the potential we have to grow. Think about it.