Well, I'm not....always right that is-if you don't believe me, just ask my ex. Since the shooting in Tucson of Congresswoman Giffords and all those other people killed and wounded, I've been ruminating about the level of the conversation we have, not just here on Newsvine, but across America. We have left the room of debate and now are the 'I am right at all costs' on every idea that comes into our heads. No argument can change our minds-we're right, dammit and that's just how it is. I see it on articles here, I see it on the news, I see it in discussions people have.
Once upon a time, we were able to agree to disagree-now we can't even do that. We need to hammer home how right we are and how wrong you are. There's no middle ground anymore. This is a game our politicians have played and it has leaked into every part of our society it seems. My friend, Perrie, wrote a series of articles a while back invoking the old Steve Miller tune Clowns to the left of me, jokers to the right, stuck in the middle with you. Seems that middle ground is getting smaller every day. I like to consider myself in the middle, I don't identify with either extreme, not right, not left. I believe both sides of the aisle have some things correct and soem things they are way off base on.
I was in the gym today and while working towards my goal weight, as my P-I-T-A Doctor would say, and finding new portions of my body that are more than willing to complain about this abuse, I was listening to some tunes on my Ipod-metal, as I like it for workouts and a song by Nickelback came on-'If Everyone Cared' and I listened closely to the words (as I do to ignore all the other things my body is telling me I'm doing to abuse it). The Chorus, especially, makes sense to me:
If everyone cared and nobody cried
If everyone loved and nobody lied
If everyone shared and swallowed their pride
Then we'd see the day when nobody died
There's another verse here:
And as we lie beneath the stars
We realize how small we are
If they could love like you and me
Imagine what the world could be
Based on the Online Dictionary, the definition of an 'Idea' follows:
1. Something, such as a thought or conception, that potentially or actually exists in the mind as a product of mental activity.
2. An opinion, conviction, or principle: has some strange political ideas.
3. A plan, scheme, or method.
4. The gist of a specific situation; significance: The idea is to finish the project under budget.
5. A notion; a fancy.
So, it follows, that just because someone has an idea, it doesn't mean it's right, correct or can't be supplemented. We need to open our minds to the possible and to allow that something we don't agree with might still have value. Then we might be able to start communicating and stop screaming. And yes, I'm as much part of the problem at times-I'll have to work harder at being open-minded.
P.S. The entire Nickelback song is here.