M. J. Joachim Unplugged

Does any one individual truly adhere to anyone else’s entire personal belief systems – or are there shades of gray, room for discussion and the possibility of agreeing to disagree, if only on a minor point or two?




by M. J. Joachim

One of the things I know for certain is that I’m tired of being plugged in. In today’s world of wireless freedom, it seems completely unnecessary to get tangled up in cords and bound by electrical outlets. Oh, it’s not just the cords and outlets that bother me; it’s their symbolism and threat that unnerves me. We are as dependent on them as ever, and yet, it is a blessing when we learn to live without them.

Dare I attempt to engage you in a political discussion on this one? It’s not where you were expecting me to go with this, I’m sure. And yet, the analogy seems fitting enough. The more we plug things in, the more likely we are to blow a circuit, head for the fuse box, or worse yet, blow everything up in our effort to fix things ourselves.

The more we overload our circuitry, the less we shall conquer. I’m not saying we should all step up to let the “other side” wipe their feet on us like doormats. But I think it’s obvious not one of us alone has all the right answers either. And within each group, individuals trying to strong-arm their agendas are in reality, forcing those within their circles to be distant, thereby giving the opposition the advantage at any point in time.

Morally speaking, there ought to be a law against selfishness and personal agendas. Not that such a thing would do much good. However, when you really think about it, does any one individual truly adhere to anyone else’s entire personal belief systems – or are there shades of gray, room for discussion and the possibility of agreeing to disagree, if only on a minor point or two?

We get so caught up in the moment, foolishly engaging in things beyond our control. It feels good to unplug for a while, step back and see the world from a different perspective. Not that we won’t ever need to plug in and charge our power source; it’s a given electrical currents energize the masses when used in moderation. It’s also been proven they have the ability to cause huge blackouts, firestorms and mass destruction when danger signs are ignored for a moment of personal satisfaction and glory.