You running and you running and you running away, but you can’t run away from yourself. Why you can’t find the place where you belong?
– Bob Marley
Two things that will always be true to me: 1) All people deserve to be treated with dignity and respect, and 2) Just because I think or believe something, doesn’t mean someone else is wrong for thinking or believing differently.
I am basically conservative in my beliefs, but I’ve always been pretty middle of the road on most issues politically and socially. The pronounced leftward shift that has happened over the last twenty years or so might have left me more to the middle-right in my beliefs, except that I’ve evolved in many ways to stay pretty close to the center. If having kids and interacting with thousands (seriously, I did the math) of other people’s kids doesn’t move you off your spot, I don’t know what will.
I started this blog for two reasons. First, I like to write. It helps me slow down and work through things that are going on in the world around me and in my own life. Second, I feel like it’s less intrusive if I put my thoughts here. Nobody has to see it. Social media can be great, but let’s face it, it’s all about sound bites. There’s no real discussion happening. People seem to just want to “put it out there,” and as soon as someone else responds, it turns into verbal combat.
So, if anyone wants to comment, feel free, every post has a place for comments and I’d love to have some real conversations about real issues. I can’t say that I never judge, because that’s part of our nature, but I will do my best. I will always thoughtfully consider anything that anyone has to say, and I will respond respectfully.
Why the name, Lost in the Middle? I don’t feel lost, but I think the middle has been lost. Our society is severely polarized. I have my thoughts on why, and I will share them as the mood strikes me. I will say that I’m not a fan of party politics. It is disingenuous to me to belong to a party with which you agree on some things and disagree, sometimes stridently, on others. If I had to characterize myself politically, I’d say I was libertarian, but just like the other parties, there is too much in the Libertarian Party platform that I don’t agree with. So, I’m on my own.