Knowing Nothing at All

The code of the schoolyard, Marge! The rules that teach a boy to be a man. Let’s see. Don’t tattle. Always make fun of those different from you. Never say anything, unless you’re sure everyone feels exactly the same way you do. Dan Castellaneta

margeI try really hard to keep my mouth shut. I also never write all that I think or feel or wonder about. But there are times when my filter…malfunctions. It isn’t that I think that I know everything. Actually just the opposite. I know I don’t know anything. Hence my obsession with reading the news and listening to bi-polar opinions. I believe it allows me to consider “possibilities.”

So…sometimes I try to open up the possibility to others. When I read or hear someone who is so sure, so convinced that they are right, well, I go a little nuts. I hear the rhetoric spill forth with conviction and unwavering confidence. And their arguments sound familiar because they are. I heard it recently, like the night before from the latest TV Political editorial celebrity. And if you think I am directing my words at one political party, you would be…. wrong! I think both sides are equally arrogant.

There doesn’t seem to be a space for a real discussion. Everyone I talk to is so committed to their agenda. They become an expert at deflection or distraction. They define “the real issue” as if they really know what that is!

I know it is difficult for everyone to open our minds to the possibility. So perhaps we could instead… open our hearts. but that would be breaking the schoolyard rules.

Am I tattling?

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