As someone who tends to ride somewhere along the middle of everything when it comes to politics, religion, and whatever else, I’ve often found myself in a place where I typically can’t find a single person who agrees with me. Like, while it’s possible for me to find someone who will agree with me on some things, it generally doesn’t take me very long to take an agreeable conversation and turn it into something where that person thinks I’m way off base on everything.
Because of how polarized we are as a country, as a world entity, it’s pretty easy to turn something as innocuous as “I’m not entirely against voter ID requirements” into causing someone to believe that I’m all for the continued oppression of votes among the poor.
Or that because I think everyone should get vaccinated, that I’m absolutely on board with the idea of mandating vaccines for everyone.
Now, on both of those topics, I could go on at length about my thoughts and concerns which lead to my middle of the road beliefs, but that’s not the point of this post.
The point is, at a family event over the holidays, I had a family member tell me they’ve been reading these posts and, well, they said they were happy to find someone who believes so many of the the same things they believe.
And, in shock that anyone could possibly consider themselves in agreement with the ridiculous statements I sometimes put on here, I stammered a basic response of thanks for reading, and probably awkwardly changed the conversation.
Now, while I’m sure that the truth is that I still say things that this family member isn’t entirely on board with, the reality of his statement is probably more along the lines of “Hey, I don’t completely hate you for your thoughts behind your feelings on this topic”. In other words, my attempts to play devil’s advocate for a number of different polarizing subjects may have just caused this one person a moment to say, hey, I like to look at things from different angles as well!.
And, if I’m being completely honest here, that’s mostly all I’m looking for in putting the things I put out here, to have someone who maybe takes the thoughts I have, and regardless of whether they agree, maybe they just get a new perspective on the topic.
So, if you throw up your hands in disgust at something I say on here, just realize that this is probably what I’m looking for anyway. That, and to have one person who reads this and doesn’t immediately find me insane. So, now that I found that person, the rest of you should just expect to roll your eyes for the foreseeable future.