This came over my Facebook feed (paraphrased):
We can’t talk about politics or religion because we haven’t learned how to talk about them.
Logic Squirrel ponders if we ever actually learned how, or just learned how to be civil about it.
The internet has stripped away civility. Now everything is interpreted in black and white.
Everything is actually shades of gray.
That have shades of gray.
And it’s not just politics and religion that we have trouble discussing.
Not a One-Size Fits All
I’m a fiction writer (which you can tell by the books on the site). I don’t use an outline to figure out my story.
How I write is a shade of gray with a whole lot of shades of gray.
The only thing that really should count is the finished book.
But writers want to divide up into the outliners versus the people who don’t outline (there are terms for the non-outliners. Logic Squirrel thinks all of them are silly).
“If you don’t write exactly my way,” a writer will say, “you’re doing it wrong.”
Writing Nerd has been told this a lot from both sides of the aisle.
Logic Squirrel scratches head. Nope, not fleas. He’s puzzled. It shouldn’t matter.
Yet, it does.
So why do we go to our separate corners?
Human beings have a need to put things in buckets. Sometimes it’s pretty useful.
But it also stops us from asking questions when we should.
Not just in writing but anything really.
And it takes away from being a human being. Part of being a human being is being able to put yourself in someone else’s shoes. You might not agree with them but you understand at least why.
Writing Nerd wanders in
Logic Squirrel just spotted an acorn. Zoom!
I think it’s also just easy to put something into a category and have blinders on that other people can have other experiences that make their viewpoint different.
The worst part about those blinders?
We stop learning.
Maybe it’s time to find the shades of gray and start asking questions.
- Learn Religion’s “What is Black and White Thinking?” – Very interesting article that picks up on philosophy
- Huffington Post on Breaking Out of Black and White Thinking