a rawr divided

Today’s Daily Prompt asks:

Pick a divisive issue currently in the news. Write a two-part post in which you take on two personas and approach the topic from both sides. Bonus points for a creative format (roundtable discussion, debate transcript, etc.).

I don’t really read the news, but the second part of the question is something that I’ve been doing my whole life.  Friends, families, and co-workers alike know that I answer almost any direct question with, “Well, it depends…”

Sometimes, people feel like I’m dancing around an opinion but I’m not.  It’s just that I have many facets to my character and each of those personas has a different and distinct relationship with everyone– complete with different worries, hopes, and thoughts.  I genuinely feel multiple opinions at the same time and it’s up to the asker to decide which of my personas is the relationship they trust or need most at that moment.

I do this with myself too, but since I only have one relationship with myself, I ask the Muppets.

For example, I recently decided to change my blog theme.  I’m 99% happy with Sight, and I’d recommend it happily, but I feel like it’s not going to grow well with me in the coming months.  It’s just a gut feeling, but I’m usually pretty good at these things so I’m taking it seriously while I have a little time on my hands.

However, I’m not so good with change.  It pretty much terrifies me and I’m amazingly adept at coming up with reasons not to do anything at all.

Luckily, the Muppets don’t pull any punches.  This is what they had to say about my theme.

skeeter

Not to worry you, Rara, but this theme won’t fit all the badges and links you want to put on your sidebars.  It’s bursting at the seams as it is, and the menu wouldn’t fit at all if you wanted to make it easy for people to find the old posts.  If your blog explodes, the show can’t go on and then there won’t be any point of any of this, and I won’t be able to get into the blog area of your mind anymore, and that’s where I left the stapler…

honeydewbeaker

Based on your specifications, MuppetLabs has determined that you need at least 3 columns and will need to update the featured images on the last 15 posts.  You will also need to have a header ready and prepare people for the inevitable chaos that will ensure.  We have designed this special bouncy ball called the DISTRASPHERE which should help you distract people.  It has been tested thoroughly and all your blog changes will go smoothly.

bouncy

misspiggy

I’m glad you came to me first, Rara.  I am a style expert.

Whatever you do, you’ll have to try to keep your flair (the small amount you have anyway).  Of course, as long as a girl looks good and is comfortable, it doesn’t really matter what brand her clothing is or what size it is, or how many columns her blog has or whether or not her header is green.

Stop worrying, you’ll wrinkle.

fozzie

Okay, okay, okay, I have an idea!  Up in the corner, instead of your header, we put up a picture of a house with a teacup on it.  We put up a sign to say that your blog is under construction for several days.  You don’t post.  We tell people to sit around and browse old posts.  We tell people to help themselves to some tea– after all, it’s on the house! Wocka wocka wocka!

band

Mmmm, like, I don’t really know.  I like this theme, but it’s not like I like like this theme, you know?  Maybe change is inevitable and maybe beautiful stuff is around the corner if you just calm down.  Maybe any theme is just a shell covering the inevitable human experience bound in the words of a simple blog.  Maybe you should pick a theme with a good name for, like, karma calling.

gonzo

Here’s what we do.  Switch your blog the way you pull of a piece of painter’s tape off a monkey pinata– quick and easy.  Then, sort stuff as you go.  Keep posting schedules normal because people come for the company, not for the stage.  Add a few chickens to the side of each page, and put secret buttons that lead to codes that unlock a treasure that we hide in a national park.  I’m ready when you are!!

animal

This theme smells like apples. AHHHHHHHHHHHHHPPPPPPPPLLEEEESS!

kermit

Rara, Rara, Rara.  I know that sometimes change can be scary, but it’s just part of getting to where you want to go.  Things only stay the same if you stay still– and even though it’s awful nice here, there’s wondrous things to see just around the corner.  I know you’re afraid, honey, but I believe in you– and those guys out there in the audience? They believe in you, too.

heeeeyah

Did my Kermie just call you “Honey”??? HEEEEE YAHHHHH!

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Are you a one-opinion-per-topic type of person, or are you a house divided, too?  How do you go about implementing changes in your life– do you rip off the band-aid quickly or are you a methodical plodder?

Do you smell apples here?  Did the Distrasphere distract you?

54 thoughts on “a rawr divided

  1. And I thought that I had a lot of voices in my head! But yours are much more entertaining. Mine or more just like irrational emotions pulling in different directions. I always want to change my theme just because I get bored, but now I am sticking with the one that I have just to try and have some consistency for awhile… plus I haven’t seen so many people with the same theme as me so that makes me a little happy, though it seems like all the blogs that I like the best have the same theme as you… I guess similar personalities might go after similar themes…

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    1. I like this new theme of yours. The voices in my head are mostly emotional urges, too, but I find that humanizing (muppetizing?) them makes them easier to hear, sort, and disregard as needed. 🙂

      I’ve noticed the whole similarity in themes thing, too, 🙂 Someone should do a study on what makes someone pick a theme. 😀

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  2. The distractasphere was so distracting! It took me a good couple of minutes to get past it!
    I usually have two voices in my head that duke everything out, and one omnipresent voice that generally ends up telling the other two to shut up, there’s better things to worry about. Occasionally the omnipresent one will be the tie-breaker. Also, I tend to band-aid things, but not without planning and plotting for quite some time beforehand. “This is what I’ll say, this is how people will react, these will be the far-reaching consequences…”
    Your Muppet-method of deciding seems to be working, or at least it’s entertaining!

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    1. They’re geniuses at MuppetLabs– I keep getting stuck on it myself, haha. 🙂 I don’t know if it’s efficient, but it helps me think things out without worrying in the process. 😀 Your system sounds more efficient! 🙂

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      1. Haha I worry too much regardless of what the final decision is. The trick is getting the other two voices to listen to the third.
        Out of curiosity, which Muppet tends to be the one that is most-listened to? Or at least, the one in this case.

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        1. I always take the essence of what Kermit has to say, because he’s one of the smartest souls my brain can imagine– which is usually, “calm down, it’s really not that big of a deal”. Then I wash all the crazy out of Gonzo’s plans and go with that, usually. I think I’ll be doing the same in this case, but I’ll borrow Miss Piggy’s insights and Fozzie’s humor, just in case I need them. 🙂

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  3. The Distrasphere is working like magic! And I like the idea f having a cup of tea on the house.
    I’m usually divided. Into very boring, sensible perspectives. Unless it’s personal decisions, then there’s little mini-wordsurfer, all giddy excitement and full of crazy ideas and wanting to charge into adventure full steam ahead – and then there’s my mother, who is looking over my shoulder telling me to play it safe and to not get ahead of myself and to weigh all the options and …
    Sometimes it’s a real drag to be sensible.
    Also, if Miss Piggy is after you, you better hide…. just thought I’d mention it.

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    1. All my Muppet-roundtables end with Miss Piggy karate chopping my head off for one reason or another. We have a strange relationship. 🙂

      Yes, sensibility can be a real bummer… until things go wrong, and then it’s always more like “Thank goodness I was sensible enough to…”

      And that Distrasphere… I can’t even scroll up to my post or I end up losing a minute to watching a bouncy ball. I think that’s the flaw in their MuppetLab plan — I can’t change themes when I’m distracted. 🙂

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  4. Seriously? Where’s Lew Zealand? The Swedish Chef? I mean, you got the intergalactic opinion from Gonzo, but what about the international ones?

    Not that it matters. I am as American as Sam the Eagle, though we do not share the same political opinions.

    Now, what was the question again?

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    1. I try to ask Lew, but he’s over in the corner of my brain throwing fish at people and I never get the chance. I can’t understand a word Chef says… and Sam Eagle always gives me the same opinion no matter what question I ask him. He just wants to make sure, whatever I do, it’s patriotic. 😀

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  5. I like the old and the new. Be careful if you change it though; some themes send posts to email addresses that start with “Word Press” instead of the blogger’s name. I am guilty of deleting them when I’m not careful.

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    1. I’m much the same, although when change happens, I also tend to be the one to adapt most quickly. And then I resist changing from that point, too, haha…

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  6. I don’t like change. Until after it’s changed and I like it. If I don’t like it I don’t like change at all. 😉

    I have often thought of myself as a waffle-er. I can see many versions of many things being right. I believe one of my life mottos would be that “your being right doesn’t make me wrong, and me being right doesn’t make you wrong”. There are so many ways of seeing, and being, and doing.

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    1. Exactly! 😀 I agree completely– from how change is alright when it’s alright, and awful when it’s not 🙂 to the motto. I have such a big family that I know there’s always multiple sides to each story– I’ve seen ’em with my own dino eyes!

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  7. I don’t like change. When I was young, the sky was the limit, at the drop of a hat, let’s do it, NOW. Not anymore. Before I make a change, it take a long time to come up with a decision but once it’s made, it’s solid–I think…
    I like the way you do your thinking.

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    1. Yep, my decisions are (mostly) solid once they’re finally done… but the process is super wishy washy! 🙂 Oh well, at least I’ve considered all aspects before plodding forward. 🙂

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    1. Haha! There’s never any controversy in regards to Muppets. Alright, maybe one or two issues about who goes first on stage… but mild stuff. That’s why I watch them and not the news. 😉

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  8. I hope you ducked. Piggy’s karate kicks can be quite painful… not that I know from personal experience or anything…
    As a Gemini, I’ve always been quite happy, and quite good, at arguing multiple viewpoints of an argument. Which makes sense because I’m actually twins trapped in one body. 😛
    I don’t really have an opinion on the layout beyond – the content is still easy to find and easy to read, and that’s all I really need. However, … just kidding! 😉

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  9. I am a house divided as well and I don’t do change well either. I have been considering a different format on my blog but many of them have way too much visual stimulation for me. Back to the drawing board.

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  10. Views on important issues can change. There are enough people out there who absolutely know they’re right.

    I’m not even a plodder, but more an ambler. I’ll get there when I get there, and if I don’t… ah well.

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    1. I love the word “ambler”, that’s perfect. I find that amblers amble because they rarely steer from their true path… it’s a wonderful gift, but one that I don’t have… I see something shiny, and I veer off in one direction and then have to make my way back. 🙂

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    1. Looney Toons are for classy conversations, like whether or not I should drink my crystal light from a pitcher or pour it into a wine glass… or (dreaded option 3) do the dishes so I have a regular glass. 🙂

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  11. One of the first two lessons in Computer Science is: The canonical answer to any Computer Science question is, “It depends…”

    My mind operates in vector space, so I have multiple opinions about everything. The sum of the vectors represents my final opinion. For instance, an ultra-hot topic: abortion. I feel very strongly that abortion does kill a living thing that may someday grow up to become a human. That’s not an inconsequential thing; in fact quite the opposite, it has considerable gravitas. But I also have a vector where I think strongly that personal choice is hugely important, and there’s another regarding a woman’s right to choose specifically. There are many other thoughts on the topic… ultimately, the sum total is I come down (fairly close to the fence) on the side of choice.

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    1. “My mind operates in vector space” — that’s perfect phraseology for the phenomenon. 🙂 I follow a very similar train of logic, but end up a smidge farther along the fence of choice because the same possible life that carries so much gravitas means very little in a world where we feel comfortable taking away people’s freedom to make fundamental choices. 🙂

      Thank you for gifting me with an alternate way to explain my madness. 😀

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      1. I think everyone’s mind actually does operate in vector space; we all balance a myriad of opinions and feelings about things and end up at some point that sums them all. I think the idea of vector space is a hugely helpful one, though. It gets you away from “number line” thinking… the idea that conflicting ideas “win” at the expense of the other “losing.” It’s a way of getting people to realize that you can have conflicting strong opinions on a topic.

        Some of us are, perhaps, more aware of our own mental thought processes and some may be more open to conflicting opinions. I suspect we share a trait of being able to see the other person’s point of view.

        I used to be 99.9% pro-choice, but I spent a lot of time (in the 80s) in an online Feminism forum (’cause women fascinate me). There, choice was largely assumed, so I started playing the role of Devil’s Advocate just to balance the discussion (another trait we may share is concern for the underdog and under-represented). It was through taking a position I didn’t really support that I began to recognize some of its validity.

        If you truly believe that the fetus is a human with the same rights as any human (a position I feel is wrong, BTW), then abortion is murder, so you can understand the strong reaction people could have.

        There is, too, that living in civilized society does take away fundamental choices from individuals. We give up freedoms to gain what society can provide. I can’t walk into a store and just help myself. I can’t take away people’s smart phones and stomp them into pieces (the phones, I mean). You can’t just hang this on “personal choice,” because the line is too fuzzy. It takes a more fundamental morality choice that is largely based on just what constitutes a human.

        For me, in some regards, the choice ends up being easy, since I don’t really grant full humanity until one is capable of language. And I do think parents should have the right to kill their children until they move out, so…. 😀

        [[Yes, I’m kidding. Mostly.]]

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  12. I think the phrase most people hear me say a lot is “just to play Devil’s Advocate . . .” This is because I like to try to see things from both sides. Plus I like to make people think about their opinions on what they’ve just espoused.

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  13. Your muppet dialogue was totally awesome! I’m like you…I always start by seeing it two ways…then a third pops up…and then a fourth. I’m lucky that way. It usually stops at single digits..hehe.
    You’re right too..there are always two sides of a story..but then again, it also depends on which way you look at the coin too..so that will count for another few ways of looking at a subject!

    Most people I know call it not being focused and being flighty. I proudly claim that as a Libran we are just gifted in seeing things in many different ways…and therefore are born philosophers (always conveniently glazing over the fact that thousands of others do the same, who aren’t born as Librans..hehe)

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