posted on May, 3 2010 @ 06:05 PM
reply to post by Janky Red
I understand your dis-ease with extremes Janky, and I do not like to view myself as an "extremist", but in all honesty, it seems I do hover around
the extremes of an issue rather than find some comfortable middle ground. Indeed, I have come to the conclusion that compromise is, by and large, a
bad idea. I offer as evidence the three-fifths compromise that has forever stained our Constitution. This horrid piece of writing not only deigned
to diminish the humanity of a certain race, it did so in order to justify the legality of slavery, and this compromise only succeeded in leading our
country to Civil War. Some compromise.
As much as I understand the ill at ease that comes with being confronted with those who take extreme views, I also very much understand the need for
extreme views. If slavery represents one extreme, and freedom the other, is the middle ground truly all that comfortable? Do we compromise freedom
just for the sake of comfort, and maintaining a sort of status quo that would view freedom as something granted by institutions that could never exist
without the consent of those who built it and maintain it? When it comes to freedom, and if that be the extreme polar opposite of slavery, is such an
extreme truly all that bad?
Few demand I re-think my own positions as often as you do, and for this I am truly grateful, for even if I do decide to hold the extreme view
afterward, I do so with a better understanding of why I do.