The question of the day is “is the glass almost empty or is it almost full?”
The lens that identified a glass as half empty or half full hardly seems relevant. Such subtle semantic differences don’t matter in the Spectacular Age we are in.
I noticed a bumper sticker today. “Refugees Welcome” with the outline of Indiana. I suggested to a friend that it was really a good message. My friend was concerned that we’re running out and can’t afford such people.
It made me think about how much American perceptions are disassociated.
One can look at the glass and see that it is almost full. We have enough creativity, dedication, courage and hope to solve the problems facing the world.
Or, one can see an almost empty glass. The government is too expensive, the cost of doing business is excessive, society is about to collapse and only radical action can help.
I don’t know how to find a way to pour from my almost full glass to help relieve the thirst of the almost empty glasses. Do you?
People talk about litmus tests for candidates. Do they vote the right way on abortion? The right way on the LGBTQ rights? The right way on immigration?
In chemistry, a litmus test is a chemical reaction on a strip of paper that turns red in an acid and and blue in a alkali.
I guess the use of litmus tests is unexpectedly appropriate to American politics. States are marked as red and blue, just like the litmus test.
The litmus tests that ask questions about abortion, LBGTQ rights, and immigration are emotionally charged. People get passionate about them. They can violently disagree and not be willing to listen to the other side. Heaven help us if you bring them up at Thanksgiving dinner.
I have a much simpler litmus test. It’s not complicated. It isn’t based on emotion and passion. It’s something you can discuss at the dinner table without getting indigestion.
Test to ask a candidate: Would I hire you as a crossing guard in my neighborhood?
Very simple, very to the point and something that gets right to the heart of life… what is best for our kids? The kids are the ones who have no say in the matter and are the most affected by who we vote for in November.
Can you trust a candidate with your kids when you’re not around? Choose well!
Original image: Kitchen Science 27. By Lenore Edman [Image license]
Check out Evil Mad Scientist It’s *awesome*!