But is it the us vs them thinking that has given rise to our us vs them reality, or is it the reality that necessitates reactive thinking in terms of duality?

I feel torn. Because on one hand, I feel like raising my fist and declaring a side is only adding to the problem. and on the other hand, I feel like holding my tongue so as not to further polarize us just allows those loud voices who want a very different future than I do to inch a little closer to realizing their plans and smashing mine.

(obviously, I’m no longer talking about the Medium platform) :)

I’ve been saying for years that the only way out of this downward spiral the world seems to be stuck in is compromise, and acceptance of others’ choices and beliefs. LIVE AND LET LIVE.

but it doesn’t seem to be the direction we’re headed. so at what point does one say, “I’m all by myself out here on this island of “live and let live”, letting everyone live. I’m not trying to make anyone do things my way, or force anyone’s hand, or prove loyalty. I’m over here keeping my side of the street clean…and I’m getting shot at, and bullied, and stepped on, and mocked, and brutalized…because no one else got the memo.

How long before one has to pick up a weapon in self-defense?

I really fear that the only way out of this is through it, and I don’t mean that in a “Live and let live” kind of way. as much as i wish I did.

I still don’t know what I want to be when I grow up, but I know I want it to be spelled right and punctuated correctly. I guess that’s something.

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