"In" and "out" need each other to exist. That is a truism that will never be OUT!
In jazz music, when a player takes it "out" that player does away with the chord structure and plays free from constraint. If done right it's considered very hip. But "out" is only hip if "in" has been stated clearly.
Hmmm….let's sum this up and even take it one step further. So without a contrasting "in" there would be no "out." In essence "out" would actually become "in."
OK, are you confused? We are!
Opposites need one another. Light is characterized as light because heavy exists. Down by Up. Large by Small. The same theory could also apply to politics. Without Democrats would the Republican party exist and vice versa?
The thing that's the most confusing is that the "In Crowd" changes more rapidly these days than our kids' birthday lists. Just a year ago, the "In Crowd" in Washington changed hands. This reversal set off a huge restructuring and repositioning within that community, but it also forced ordinary folks like us…. AND YOU…. to choose sides. And boy have we! The country is more polarized than we've ever seen it. Tolerance is clearly OUT, replaced by the new IN: smugness, arrogance and entitlement. It's scary!
But the problem with this paradigm, is that nothing ever gets done. WHY? Because "in and out" are constantly vying for power and constantly changing. As soon as one becomes "in" the "out" does everything it can to undermine the "in." Then things reverse and it happens again. An endless cycle that will be reborn again and again like the Hindu world of reincarnation. Enlightenment is only attained by breaking the cycle. Change is only made if we come together on SOMETHING!!!
So what can we agree on?
Hmm….Not health care. Hmmm……Not global warming. Hmm….not the death penalty. Hmm…not the war, or illegal immigrants, or food sources, or green living….or……anything????
And sure, disagreement and constructive discussions are all good. This country was formed on sweat and debate. Blah, blah…..to use our teenage neighbor's lingo…….Yeah, whatever dude!
So things kind of suck right now. Yeah, we said it. We're not sure what to make of it all. We don't even know where we stand because for ANY topic that comes to mind we can find enough information supporting both sides to fill our entire computer's hard drive! As we said earlier this week, our brains are frying with overload.
So we guess what it comes down to is, we all need to make decisions for ourselves. How do we do that?
Here are a few first steps we're taking:
Don't believe everything you hear on TV or read in the newspapers or magazines? Figure out what agenda is going on? Is there a hidden message? Who's actually delivering the message?
Same with information on the internet. Is someone making money off you thinking a certain way? What do they have to gain off you agreeing with them? Or disagreeing with them?
In some ways actually having an opinion solely your own is close to impossible. We are all influenced by the world around us. Our family, friends and co-workers. The ads on TV, billboards, radio, internet. The bumper stickers on cars. The paper. Magazines. You name it, it's in our face all of the time.
So while you're out and about, be careful what you take in. Corruption is on every street corner, ball field, bus stop and shopping mall.
If your brain hasn't completely short circuited yet, repeat this mantra: Our minds are our own.
Let's start acting like it!!!
Is it better being "in" on the way "out?" Or being "out" on the way "in?"
Hope you leave a comment OR answer!! We would love a huge outpouring of input.