Though I have been very rigid in the past and I may still be unknowingly in some ways; I am starting to see that lack of objectivity is an epidemic disease these days. The world has become so black and white with the “Are you fir it or agin it?” mentality.
A few years ago when my mother visited Ireland, merchants would take the pulse of their customers on how they felt about the Catholic / Protestant debate. Depending upon how you answered their questions directly related to the service you got or the accommodations you received.
I’ve been known to change my mind on my strongly held opinions. There is good and evil in everything and those with open minds can see both sides. Eventually you do have to decide how you feel about all important topics, but one should still tip their hats and acknowledge that which is good in even the worst ideas. However, it seems that most people are no longer willing to meet half way or even 33% of the way.
When you are able to compromise you are better equipped to benefit when things don’t go exactly the way you wanted them to go. That which is brittle is apt to snap. That which is supple will last much longer. Fear will always over-rule logical thought.
P.S. I wrote this piece about a week before the Clatsop County Democrats went totally crazy and moved even further away from being able to reason and comprehend ideas that aren't as rigid as their goose stepping core crazies. This is no way to win new diverse thinkers into your exclusive club. I am glad I switched my registration to independent where people are still allowed to think for themselves and consider the issues without the overlord power-brokers pulling the strings from behind the curtain.