More than two

When asked if my cup is half-full or half-empty my only response is that I am thankful I have a cup.

Sam Lefkowitz

It seems everything is framed dualistically:

“If you’re not for me, you’re against me.”

“You don’t support Biden/Trump, therefore you must support Trump/Biden.”

“Vax. Anti-vax.”

“Left. Right.”

“Black. White.”

“Good. Evil.”

The perspective is understandable. As humans, our monkey brains do tend to group things rather simplistically into “us vs them”, “like vs. dislike”, “friend vs. foe”. If it’s not palatable to me, it must taste bad.

Perhaps.

What Sam Lefkowitz’s statement reveals is there exists another perspective, one that doesn’t fit neatly into a dualistic container. Yes technically if you’re a “cup half full”, then the perspective of “just have a cup” does fit into the “other viewpoint” container along with “cup half empty”. But despite being crammed into the same cup, it’s not the same viewpoint.

With nearly 8 billion people on this Earth, I’m certain there are those diametrically opposed to me, my thoughts, my beliefs, my existence. But statistics being what they are, most of those 8 billion are going to lie somewhere in between – somewhere in the gray.

If someone holds a belief different from mine, we are better served taking a nondualistic approach seeking to understand their perspective.

One thought on “More than two

  1. I sort of agree. I see your point of view and YOU ARE WRONG. If you don’t leave me and mine alone, I will make it very painful for you. The focus is on leaving each other alone. If not, we are back to a hostile dualism.

    This post misses the point of letting people alone. I have some very good friends who I help out and who help me. I don’t expect them to agree with me on politics or religion. We are “friends”. As soon as they try to force their beliefs on me, we are no longer “friends”.

    I try to understand others, if for no other reason that I do not want to offend their beliefs. If they want to talk about something, I am open to conversation. The problem that I have encountered is that so many people feel free to force their beliefs on me. That was Kenosha. Try to get your way by looting and burning me and mine, and I will get pretty cranky.

    The current political situation has little to do with differences of opinion. It has to do with people feeling justified by a belief to force it on others. Note that Kyle Rittenhouse didn’t shoot people because of their beliefs. He shot to end a physical attack that has been justified by those with different beliefs.

    We are way past having different beliefs. Quit with the sophistry.

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