Chatting with a friend the other day, I commented on the challenge of writing blog posts that are respectful and inclusive, but also have a point of view. After all, why would I want to write a polarizing post that turns off half of my readers?
But on the other hand, who wants to read a blog that’s as bland as toast?
This ongoing (tedious) debate with myself about content and tone of posts has kept me from wading into political waters, but this week I just can’t help but share something from Pew Research (a nonpartisan fact tank): Beyond Red vs. Blue: The Political Typology.
Take the Quiz Now
This Pew research initiative parses U.S. citizens into eight political groups, only three of which are strongly ideological and partisan. I’m most intrigued by the majority in the middle, such as the “Young Outsiders” and the “Hard-Pressed Skeptics.” Sharp red and blue distinctions blur quickly when different shades of attitudes and values are mixed in.
I took the accompanying quiz to identify my typology, and you should too. (It’s short and has easy mobile access.) I discovered I fell close to the line between two groups. This in-between position felt right — partly because I have an aversion to being labeled and put in a box.
Respecting Divergent Opinions
Although I sometimes fall into a partisan camp, I like to think my views are more complex and nuanced than a mere label implies.
I also hope my views are open to change as I read, learn and discuss issues with others. Exploring diverse and opposing views was something I enjoyed about my time as a Humphrey Policy Fellow. My colleagues were of all political stripes. They were smart, articulate and opinionated. But at the same time, they were respectful.
No matter your political persuasion, I hope you’ll share your point of view with the world. And if you fall into the “diverse middle,” speak up extra loudly (and politely, of course). Your thoughtful perspectives are much needed today to counterbalance the more strident voices at both ends of the political spectrum.