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Left & Right

28 Jan

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Well I don’t know why I came here tonight,
I got the feeling that something ain’t right,
I’m so scared in case I fall off my chair,
And I’m wondering how I’ll get down the stairs,
Clowns to the left of me,
Jokers to the right, here I am,
Stuck in the middle with you. – Stuck in the Middle With You by Stealers Wheel

All of us who have both of our arms and legs typically have a dominate side. Writing left or right handed or perhaps you lead with your left or right foot. Many of us have probably tried to use our less dominate side to do mundane things and feel how awkward it is to do so. For example, I like to go to a target range and shoot my pistol and shot gun. I am right handed but I sometimes test my skills with my left side. I can barely see down the sights on my shot gun because of how awkward it feels. Even leaning my head over to do so feels incredibly difficult and my body rejects the idea almost completely and totally. However, I drive myself to keep trying because I like the challenge of doing more than what you’re supposedly capable of doing. While it will never feel as natural as it does when I use my right dominate side, I have become more familiar and efficient with my less dominate left side.

 

Trying to become ambidextrous is a simple challenge you can do every day. Shooting guns is just an example that I thought might draw you in, but try using your less dominate side just to pour a glass of water, butter your bread, or write a note. Most people probably know the sensation of this but how many of us realize how this translates into the world at large and society? I clearly see this division in so many areas in our day to day lives that it’s pretty astonishing how little attention we pay to it. We argue politics, brands, sports teams, and ideologies all by standing firm on what we prefer to believe or support. Not that there is anything wrong with holding on to your beliefs and ideologies, however, what I am suggesting does not require you to abandon your natural tendencies. Instead, I ask that you embrace another natural part of who you are yet you may choose to ignore because it does not fit in with your day to day life or your beliefs. I ask you to challenge yourself by embracing yourself for who you really are. 

 

“The argument that the two parties should represent opposed ideals and policies, one, perhaps, of the Right and the other of the Left, is a foolish idea acceptable only to doctrinaire and academic thinkers. Instead, the two parties should be almost identical, so that the American people can “throw the rascals out” at any election without leading to any profound or extensive shifts in policy.”

– Carol Quigley from Tragedy and Hope pg. 1247/1248

 

Politics to many is a rabbit hole and in many respects that is very true. However, the moment you realize that the rabbit hole has no bottom is the moment you wake up to the reality of politics in general. Speaking for myself, I recall being raised in a conservative house hold with a father in the military who would get all teary eyed when the national anthem was sang or anything patriotic would come up. I believe this lead me to rebel against him for he would often espouse a desire for me to join the military one day. This caused me to take on a rebellious leftist ideology. The moral of my story is that in a society where you have one of two choices, one way or another you will be filed under one or the other. I believe humanity can achieve much more than this false dichotomy. Now that I am 27 years old, I have chosen to embark on a different journey all together. I hope and know that many are on a similar path. A path towards truth and understanding. That of embracing changes that will matter and jealously guarding tried and true philosophies worth holding on to. More than that, discovering brand new ideas that will only serve to strengthen humanities reign atop the food chain. My optimism has increased 100 fold since rejecting the false left/right paradigm in politics and has lead me to meet some of the most interesting, loving, understanding, and passionate people. 

 

The entire point of this word press is to express a desire and hope I have that humanity can and will experience a broad sweeping mass awakening. I want to hopefully inspire a spark within you that gives you the chance to explore other possibilities that live within you, yet may feel completely awkward and foreign to you. With practice and due diligence you can and will become more and more comfortable with these areas in your life and be able to use them to break through barriers that you’ve had built around you and also that you’ve put up yourself by ignoring the possibilities life offers.  Once you’ve found yourself embracing ideas that before felt wrong and unnatural, you can then see that living on one side or the other is the real unnatural way to live. That when you become a happier person because you’ve embraced who you actually are you will realize that you can’t turn back and why would you? The choice is yours and how I see it the choice is this, either continue living with what makes you comfortable and complacent or choose to embrace life to it’s fullest, exploring all kinds of new possibilities. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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