Bipolar

Every second we make bipolar decisions: black or white, expensive or cheap, now or never, left or right, back and forth, with or without, YES or NO.  Our natural tendency perhaps derived from biology, symmetry or simplicity is to have only two options.  Decision trees usually have only two branches in every node.  Logical flows have only two alternatives attached to boxes.  Computers rely on binary system, our brains have two hemispheres, our body is almost symmetrical along the vertical line dividing it in left and right, and we live our lives under the cycle of day and night.

Bipolarity:  in electrodes and magnetic poles, in team sports, in computer chips, in heart beat, in switches, in sleep and awake modes, in life and death, in truth and lie, in plus and minus.

If this is true and everything is split in two sides, how can we explain the diversity of rainbow – a symphony of frequencies that show us the nature palette?  How can we explain the gray shades between black and white?  How can we explain the huge variety of musical notes between silence and noise?

Yes, there are binary circuits of the brain; but there are also the synapses.  These links sometimes ephemeral, sometimes persistent that allow and stimulate our senses, thoughts and actions.  From these synapses, bridges between grey cells, and from the helix of DNA we get our absolutely unique individuality at any moment of our existence.

Why then we, beings made of billions of cells with thousands of chromosomes thinking with billions of neurons united by millions of unique synapses, are stubborn to absurdity to deny our own individuality?  Why do we line up behind bipolar opinions?  Why can’t we appreciate, utilize and celebrate our extraordinary diversity?  Why must we always respond in a predictable and uniform manner by YES or NO?

Why do we perpetuate a useless, insipid and idiotic secession?  Why can’t we listen to each other?  Why can’t we accept the very probable hypothesis that our peers may have something valuable to give, to say, to contribute?

Why can’t we get closer full of pragmatism and goodwill to the area where our opinion can get mixed with their opinion?  What if my YES is no better than your NO?  And finally: why MUST two sides oppose each other?

 “A good compromise is one where everybody makes a contribution.”

Angela Merkel