Dr. Richard Cirulli delves further into his growing body of work regarding societal evolution, known as the “Boomerang Series,” in his most recent article: “To Fence? Or Not to Fence? That is the Question? By Dr. Richard Cirulli, Ph.D.
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To Fence? Or Not To Fence? That is the Question?
“Tis nobler in the mind to suffer the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune or to take arms against a sea of troubles and by opposing end them.” – William Shakespeare
As our nation prepares for the next Presidential election, we find ourselves more divided than ever with the red verses blue political parties digging in with their uncompromising and at time egocentric posturing taking the form of dissembling language; rather than to engage in true, objective, and earnest discourse. Regretfully, our nation’s zero-sum approach to solving problems along with its at times immature and uncompromising temperament, and failure to scrutinize one’s views out of fear of hearing an opposing perspective. What our leaders, and to a degree academe have successfully accomplished is to build a high and destructive fence between our two political parties. We have all heard the expression, “fences make good neighbors”; a cliché over-used to reduce complex issues into digestible small bites that never fill our stomach’s need to solve real solutions constructively. At best this approach only satisfies our false hunger. Ironically this insurmountable fence is far too lofty for our political leaders to scale, or deconstruct.
For the record, the author is politically neutral, or more to the point, an innocent bystander witnessing our frail, and at times fickle, contradictory, and hypocritical humanity in distress. Regardless of one’s political views, our nation’s political parties construct imposing fences between the divide, as opposed to building bridges of discourse and accord. Our nation is now building fences across our southern border to arrest the human caravan heading our way. As an “enlightened race” we can at times be blind, or in denial that the physical fences we build with our hands were first constructed in our minds out of fear, defense, safety, security, insecurity, and/or paranoia. If we were truly civilized, there would be no need for humanity to fear itself, and have the need to build walls around ourselves. Regretfully, our psychological anthropology has not evolved to this level of peaceful coexistence.
Regardless of what side of the fence you are standing or remain undecided, that is, just straddling on the fence; not such a bad option, since it affords one a neutral and panoramic view of both sides, an thereby allowing one to see first-hand that the grass is not greener on either side. To add to this existential conundrum; just ask yourself this evening before retiring to the safety and security of your home; did I lock the doors? Is the security alarm set? Do I live in a gated community? Did I lock my car doors? And, do I have a fence around my house? And, let us not forget about all those mental and emotional fences we construct daily in our minds. If we answer yes to any of these, are the fences we ordained to build selective, arbitrary, capricious, or out of necessity? Or out of fear of humanit’s reactions to what we think?
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Dr. Richard Cirulli is a retired Professor of Business, consultant, writer, Playwright, author, Innocent Bystander, Author of “The Songs of Roland” and critic at large. He looks forward to your comments at firstname.lastname@example.org