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I didn't realize this
Call me dense if you want (I really don't mind), but I didn't realize the effect that polarization is having on public discussion (and on me) until I heard Dax Shepherd complain that we have only a left and a right, and whatever you say is likely to get you labeled as one or the other. The result is timidity in expressing things you're trying to work out in your mind. You don't want to hear, "Well, yeah, that's a common thing you hear said on the right," (or left). I wish this weren't so--but I'm glad Booktalk is less polarized than other places where strangers get together to talk.
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Re: I didn't realize this
I feel we are there unfortunately. Not everyone of course, but we have reached a societal tipping point. Where we end up is the question. I still seek out even-keeler in life. It's just becoming very hard. And I sometimes find myself having to become polarized just to fend off some folks. Had a intense battle today.
This is why I find myself back here after all the time I've been away. I want to maintain my centrist approach. It's just so hard these days.
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