Merriam-Webster: 2 : a lack of foresight or discernment : a narrow view of something
I mentioned “Myopia” in the “How to Comment” post about preventing and/or curbing the trend of myopic worldviews. But what does that mean? Is it really a vice to have a myopic worldview? Who was I complaining about?
A little myopia is necessary. As my dad is fond of quoting (and sometimes singing *ugh*), “If you don’t believe in something, you’ll fall for anything.”
A little myopia helps us build and secure a sense of community.
A little myopia goes a long way to helping us decide, well, anything. If we weren’t able to narrow down our choices, how the heck would we decide which foot to put forward first?
As we near the end of another presidential election year, I find myself, yet again, living in the land of myopia.
Sweet, wonderful, giving, Christian, and Christian-leaning people openly speak of their voting preference. When open for discussion and/or debate, they spout media one-liners, and unfounded (and at least 1 ludicrous) rumor(s) and conjecture. And it ends with the mourning sound of a train whistle as we brush past one another. Never to meet. Because I sure as hell won’t vote for the same person. Ever.
At that point in the conversation, when that train whistle blows, who is being more myopic? Me or them?
I think the key to discerning that decision is to consider the source of the argument (inductive versus deductive), but more importantly, where the results of that dispute end up.
As the dictionary states: “a lack of foresight”.
In the USA we are proud of our status as Free-thinking Individuals. How many people out there believe, without a doubt, that their personal choices do not affect others?
If you subscribe to that particular myopic belief, that what you do does not affect other people… let me provide an example per the subject of this blogsite:
My children and husband require a healthy and balanced diet in order to limit and/or prevent medication.
Because the current culture is so laissez-faire regarding fast and convenience food, we are limited in our food choices. We are also victimized, unless we purposefully remove ourselves, by the food culture around us. Other people’s choices to eat unhealthy and lead an unhealthy lifestyle, makes our lives (and their own) extremely difficult and put our daughters at risk of adopting those behaviors later.
Do I blame others for this? No. Of course not. Otherwise I would not have bothered doing the research that I did, and put the energy into changing our diet. I took ownership of our part of the problem. But I suffer the realization, that if everyone cared about what their kids were eating and drinking, and expected a healthier diet… that our community would be much larger (and healthier) than it is now.
As far as politics and voting preference goes, you can believe what you want. But one question should be asked… what will be the most likely outcome of that decision? What are the likely results? Who will it affect? Because if you think it only affects you, you’re wrong. If you are still okay with leaving collateral damage in your wake… well, there’s that train whistle again.
As always, thoughts are welcome.