Both Sides

I'm making a lot of effort to withhold my disagreement with people nowadays. I have lots of opinions, and the hard part is not recognizing them, it's appreciating and understanding that whatever opinion I have on a subject is one of many possible opinions, that any decision comes packaged with hundreds of potential directions. It's the nature of things, and who am I to challenge it by insisting on mine being correct without the benefit of hindsight?

However, what I must constantly watch out for in myself and, as long as they ask, for others, is consistency. You can have an opinion all you want, but the constant disagreement with myself is a general indication that I'm too easily swayed, that I agree to things without really considering what they mean. In product design, when I'm considering individual features, they seem like individual decisions, but as they come together, their inconsistencies begin to shine out as the symptoms of a thoroughly unconsidered product. I guess I just don't want to end up like that.

More guesses: I'm thinking about this because of Baltimore, and in some ways because of Ferguson, again. I'm looking at the slow drip of depressive drivel down my Facebook feed, alternating currents of disdain at the violence and screams of agony from the hurt, the disregarded, the damned.

You can believe it's morally wrong to riot. That's fine: I disagree with you, but it's an opinion and you're allowed to it. You're also allowed to believe that our country made specific allowances for its citizens to possess firearms, in the specific instance that they could rebel violently against the government when it slips into tyranny and injustice. That's okay, too.

I just don't know if you can believe both of those things at the same time.

P.S.: The protesters in Baltimore? Want to see what happens if even one of them draws a licensed, registered firearm?