Every since I was old enough to start contemplating the world around me, I began to realize that it’s complicated. Our world, our lives, are complex. There is more to them than right or wrong, good or bad, light or heavy, bright or dark, black or white. There are a lot of shades of gray.
I’ve also seen that there are segments of our society — especially when it comes to politics and religion — which do see things strictly in black and white. You are either 100% with them or you are 100% against them. There is nothing in between. There are no shades of gray. There’s only black or white. If you don’t share their ideology or their beliefs, you are “the other,” which means you are their enemy. There is no room for negotiation, no room for compromise.
And I think this is very unfortunate. This view of seeing everything in either black or white and not being willing to recognize and accept all of the gray areas in between is destroying societies around the world by forcing people to choose between the extremes.
And that is not sustainable.
Written for Linda G. Hill’s Stream of Consciousness Saturday prompt. Linda has given us the words “black,” “gray,” and “white,” and asked us to use one, two, or all of them in our posts.