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Taking It or Leaving It - God and Duality

Bulls eye

We do not always hit the bull's eye.

Photo by Anastase Maragos on Unsplash

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Have we gone too far? 

This is a real question. 

Have we gone too far? 

Well, I think I can answer the question. 

But you ask, “Have we gone too far with what?” 

I do not care. 

The answer is always the same. 

Of course, we have gone too far. 

We have gone too far. 

We always go too far. 

We always over correct. 

Have you ever been in a spin or a skid? 

The temptation is always to over correct. 

We always over correct. 

Can we correct our tendency to over correct? 

 Well in some ways I would say, “No.” 

In other ways, I would say we are always working on that. 

We are always working on over correcting our over correction. 

And then we re-correct and under correct and go back and forth and back and forth. 

And so, at any given time as we are reading the news, as we are reading about new ways of saying things and new ways of monitoring our speech and new ways of regulating our behavior, new ways of looking at our old assumptions, new ways of considering. 

“Was that a sensitive remark or was it an insensitive remark?” 

“How can we better do things?” 

“How can we better say things?” 

And someone will pop up, “Aren't we going too far with this?” 

And I would say, “Of course we are!” 

But it is necessary to overcorrect. It is necessary because we really do not have the metrics or the fine tuning or the human engineering skills to correct exactly back to where we exactly and precisely need to be. 

So, the answer at any given time is, “Yes, we have probably gone too far. 

And the answer is also that in the future we will probably go too far in the other direction. 

That is life. 

But when we see a wrong and we see something that we have missed in our blind spots of life, it is far better to over correct than not to correct at all. 



Over the years of working with my mechanical engineer father-in-law, E.H. "Chub" Rogers on various household projects, we would make occasional errors. We would have to go back and correct them rather precisely. He would have a saying which I later came to place in context.

"Tom, we went too far in that beauty booth."

Now, I know what he referred to.