It’s been a long road of saying “your labels don’t apply to me” in various ways before realizing that it won’t kill me if they’re applied, rightly or wrongly. I just try to not do it to others, except as online debate “gotchas” or humor.
Oh! I’m an individualist. I usually root for the individual, so long as they’re not a total asshole, so I guess I root for individuals who fit the jib of my jive, which makes them compatriots in a group of blue-haired “be yourself”ers? I’m ok with that.
I’m a Diplomatist if that’s a thing.
I take a diplomatorical approach to my diplomacism, diplomacizing diplomatically diplomatic situations.
and if 3 parties squabble endlessly, add a 4th that finds commonalities to the three, looking for common ground to agree on to allow forward momentum.
Hardest part is “sense of balance”, “fair play”. If 2 of 3 get more, 3 starts a war against the 2, who became allies against #3, the self perceived enemy.Everybody wins when it’s correctly done, but nobody gets that “I HAVE IT ALL NOW MWUHAHAHA” feeling.
yup. my 1 3 yr ol d ne ph ew tells me of some fierce debates him and his friends have gotten into over that stuff, since the 4th grade – and it belongs as a m i ddle scho ol debate anymore as it’s really unrelated to reality.
Thing is, folks are flying by the seat of their pants, both now and throughout all of history. Armchair political analysts, whether its a 9 yr old yelling political slogans at each other over XBox or old men griping about scandals in coffee shops… dynamics of complex systems isn’t usually part of the discussion, unless it’s conspiracy theories. They’re usually wrong but fun.