I Read the News Today. Oh, Boy...

Mark Tobola

I Read the News Today. Oh, Boy...

1 min
December 7, 2021

Today, I read the headlines, and one of them grabbed my attention.  I read it, and immediately wrote an article outlining my thoughts.   And then, I just deleted it.  And here I am, writing this, instead.

There are a number of topics that I've found that people just cannot seem to be able to talk about without losing their cool.  And I wrote about one of those topics.  There are also a number of topics that I know I have my own particular and somewhat biased viewpoint upon.  And this was one of those topics.  And there are still more topics that are seen in wildly differing ways by people, and simply aren't worth bringing up, because doing so may result in some sort of hurt feelings.  And again, this was one of those topics.

I'm going to paraphrase a quote from one of my favorite movies, and here it is:  "God loves wondrous variety."  All of our individual views, opinions, our own internal codes and morality, is all one hundred percent fine.  It doesn't matter if you like steak or shrimp.  It doesn't matter if you like your coffee black or with cream and sugar.  It doesn't matter if you like Coke or Pepsi.  NONE of it is wrong.  It is 100% OK and normal to know that people like things you don't, see things in ways you don't agree with, and live in ways you don 't agree with. That is a NORMAL state of living and has been for all of eternity.  And the more I live and grow in experience, the more I find this to be fact.

I have learned that the most productive discussions I have had, and the discussions that have caused me to learn the most, have come from talking with someone who has radically opposing views from my own.  So to me, I find those types of discussions to be things that should be encouraged, and are necessary, because it makes us all better for it.  And the more we can have these discussions and have them in an open, honest, and good-natured manner, the better it is for us all once again.

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Mark Tobola

Mark Tobola is a resident of Thorp and weekly columnist.