Very nice, Paul. Your article reminds me of a story.
I was speaking with a coworker one day who saw my shoes and said, “Are you a runner?”
I replied, “Yeah, I like to run sometimes.”
“How many marathons have you run?” he asked.
“None. I don’t like to run that far. I like to run three or four miles max outside, not on a treadmill.”
“Oh. You are not a runner.”
“No, not unless you have run a marathon,” he lectured.
“OK. I guess.”
That is the example I give my son when he asks my I don’t think everything is black and white. The world is full of false dichotomies, like being a runner or not. It doesn’t make me weak, or weird, or lukewarm if I am somewhere between the couch and the Boston marathon. People love binaries, but that doesn’t mean they are always right. But sometimes they might be, because if I say binaries are never right then I am being 100% against dichotomites. Right?