Sunday, September 24, 2023

Middle Ground

I would like to issue an all-points bulletin on a stolen property. It’s a cherished piece of real estate that millions used to visit regularly with friends and associates.

Sadly, it was stolen in broad daylight.

The property is affectionately known as Middle Ground.

Middle Ground was last noticed at a gathering last summer at which I heard someone say, “That’s a good point; I disagree with you, but I imagine the truth lies somewhere between our perspectives.”

Ever since Middle Ground went missing, it seems you either have to be a self-proclaimed environmentalist or you are personally responsible for destroying our beautiful planet.

You think Donald Trump is a saviour, or you believe that he is the devil incarnate.

You believe that the oil and gas industry should be shut down, or you bathe in bitumen every night.

The most sensible people in my network do not express opinions publicly for fear that the trolls will feast on them.

Those who have convinced themselves that they rule the high moral ground create echo chambers on various platforms and attack or block those who have the audacity to counter their arguments. Public name-calling and shaming have become honorable among the supremely virtuous.

I really miss Middle Ground. Please help me find it.

Rob Driscoll
Rob Driscoll is co-founder and president of BIG Media Ltd. He is a writer and entrepreneur who is deeply committed to elevating the level of coverage of our society's most pressing matters as well as the level of respect in public discourse.

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