Without perspective, it’s incredibly difficult to have any clarity. Or to decide on priorities and what’s most important.
Lack Of Perspective
When an issue gets heated, it’s difficult to gain perspective. In fact, when I’m really invested in an issue, I sometimes prefer to ignore perspective on purpose. Sometimes an overly strong opinion about something can be more persuasive than a level-headed argument.
In recent years, I’ve tried to stay away from politics. But in the current environment, I’d like to encourage people to focus on priorities and what’s most important to them.
There are two issues that are very important to me right now (in case anyone cares). The state of our democracy. And the terrorist attack on Israel by Hamas.
Both of these situations are dire (in my opinion). And both of them are fraught with controversial opinions.
Here are my opinions on both, so you can assess what level of perspective I have on these issues.
- U.S. Democracy – Republican extremists have damaged our democracy so badly, I worry we won’t ever recover. My only hope is that next year’s elections in November will be a clear statement of what this country wants. And the hope is that we want democracy to survive.
- Israel – Hamas is a terrorist organization that did unconscionable acts of savagery in their latest attack on Israel. Israel has the right to defend itself. While I have complicated emotions about the government leadership in Israel and struggle with determining what is vengeance vs. defense of a country, it doesn’t negate anything about the first two statements.
Distilling my thoughts as simply as I can helps me stay clear on what’s important. Unfortunately, the clearest way of demonstrating this was with the current heated political environment. But I feel clearer now…thank you.
Continuing on with production knitting of fingerless mitts, while I ponder priorities.
One more pair completed (and finished, except for packing and sizing label) and another pair started. I’m starting to tire of this color, so I think I’ll be switching to a different yarn soon.