In society today, we’re dealing with a problem of epic proportions.
Well, not really. I’ve just always wanted to say that because of the irony involved in epic proportions being a huge problem in society. You see, when you read that the first time, you probably thought I was going to announce the proportionally enormous problem in the next sentence when instead I went and slipped in the back door with the normal-sized problem related to actual proportions.
Poor syntax comedy aside, I’ll scale back the enormity of the giant cheeseburger of an issue in question and get to the real beef I’ve got with society.
Beef: Why does everything have to be so damn mutually exclusive?
As I get older, wiser-ish, and continually more out of shape, I’ve started to realize that as society flushes me through life like a load of laundry on the super cycle, everything I do and every decision I make labels me into one of society’s mutually exclusive categories. It’s simple and seemingly well defined; you’re either A or you’re B. Once you’ve been labeled A or B, we will go from there and see if you’re either X or Y. However, there’s no AB combo and definitely no switching to Y once you sign on with X.
This labeling-people-into-mutually-exclusive-classifications thing as a way to identify people doesn’t make a whole lot of sense to me. Why can’t I be in the middle of the clearly defined A and B labels?
Socially, you may catch me (A) swimming in neon lights and closing down the bar like the lead singer of my own Lynyrd Skynyrd-esque band on Saturday night and then (B) reading Malcolm Gladwell books on Sunday morning. Financially, I (A) listen to Dave Ramsey’s conservative debt free finance podcasts five times a week then I’ll (B) go and put $250 worth of accessories on my $400 cooler. Politically, I (A) believe that free markets and individual achievement are the primary factors behind economic prosperity. However, you better believe I’ll (B) vote against an open carry gun proponent and move to Canada when downtown Houston turns into the OK Corral.