… and five more just like her.
We live in a two-party world, it seems. Here in USA, it’s either Democrat or Republican. A runner in baseball is either safe or out; a pass in football is complete or incomplete; school grades — at all levels — increasingly are Pass or Fail; drivers, when stopped, are either drunk or sober…
Well, you get the idea. And I’ve been thinking about our world today, and the places where we have choices, choices which, at the end, are largely this or that.
- Bill Murray or Steve Martin
- Al Pacino or Robert DeNiro
- Apple or MicroSoft
- Honda or Toyota
- Jersey Shore or Miami Beach
- Creationism or Evolution
- St. Paul or St. Francis
So, a little game. Choose one or the other of the above pairs. Or make up a pair to add to the list. Or — and this is the real challenge — come up with a genuine middle-of-the-road alterative to both elements.
Maybe there’s hope yet for a rational, honest, and productive middle path through the mist and out of the forest. Just watch out for the black-hat lady with the cauldron… and don’t lie down in a field of poppies.
That guy behind the curtain? He may, in the end, be our best hope.
… and another guy, this one usually in front of the curtain.