In our world today, almost everyone makes sweeping assertions in one way or another. It is one of the more frustrating things that I see within our society.
One example is within today's political climate. Both Republicans and Democrats each have agendas and often times take a firm stance on certain issues either to the left or to the right. Gun reform, the Brett Kavanaugh debacle or how to handle immigration, all of these issues seem to have pit people against one another because of an extreme stance one way or another.
Another example, maybe not as serious but still proves my point, refers back to my world of sports and my fandom with Ole Miss. The Rebels have the worst defense in the entire SEC, and it is not particularly close. One half of the fan base says all the blame should be placed upon the coaching staff because their scheme is not good. The other half takes the stance on the the evident lack of talent on that side of the ball being the only issue. Both of those opinions can be wrong. Why? It's simple. The truth is in the middle. The Ole Miss defense is lacking in ability but they also are not receiving the best coaching in the world at the same time. It can be both.
In our world, we can rush to take one side of an argument and whether our judgement is clouded by bias or bitterness, it affects how we see the other side's point of view.
Obviously in Tippah County, we are used to small-town gossip. We've become accustomed to hearing about an individual and what they have done wrong and we can be so quick to judge. It's so easy to make an assertion without having all the facts. And truthfully, we've all done that at some point.
It is important to be educated about problems in our world or in our communities. It is important that we can form opinions on issues and have a solid ground to stand upon. But equally as important is to be diligent and gather all the information possible before taking a stance on something, otherwise one could make themselves look foolish. The quality of being able to see both sides of an argument, understand both sides, show compassion to both sides and still have an opinion, is a rare feature in our world currently.
Let's evaluate ourselves and make sure that whatever the situation may be, large or small, that we see both extremes and find our way to the middle because usually that is where the truth is.