Philosophically, people’s opinions on most topics — especially politics and religion — are increasingly polarized. Some of us seek the center, swaying gently left and right depending upon the topic . The most vocal elements of today’s world tend to be polar opposites.
These folks are typically quite passionate in their beliefs. Emotions run high when they discuss them in light of current events and issues. It’s sad, but at the far end of the spectrum, each side asserts that their opinion alone is valid. In religion: you’re going to hell if you don’t believe or worship as they do. In politics: the country is lost and it is all your fault if you don’t embrace their extreme point of view or vote for their political party’s candidate.
I think it is worse now than it’s ever been. We seem to need a time-out to reset our compass — a balance between yin and yang, if you will. I’m at a loss as to what moderate minds can do to achieve a more neutral polarity and acceptance of different opinions. Any thoughts?
Cynthia Williams Bowen, MS, CCC-SLP owns Bowen Speech-Language Therapy, LLC in Clearwater, FL. Cyndee provides quality, creative, collaborative treatment to adults and adolescents with communication, swallowing, Parkinson’s, and related disorders.