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Would You Rather

I played a game of “Would You Rather” with my grandkids that got us all thinking and discussing— indeed a rare activity these days.

Would you rather be a great teacher or be a great student? Be incredibly smart or incredibly popular? Change the past or see into the future? Read the book or watch the movie? Would you rather be the first person to explore a new planet or invent a drug that cures a deadly disease? Would you rather live as a black man in the south in the 1800’s or be a woman in Afghanistan today? Pretty deep convo for kids who’d rather play video games or snapchat than anything else.

One question was “Would you rather go left where nothing is right or go right where nothing is left? Huh? That made no sense. Still it got me thinking about politics—something I’d rather not do.

Would you rather hire a rich person with solid practical financial experience to get our economy back on its feet or a person who’s made themselves a fortune making political deals? Would you rather vote for a vulnerable but lovable person who’s been in politics for 40 years and is beholden to decades of insider establishment groups or a strong-willed not-so-loveable outsider who’s beholden to no one? Do you lean towards late-term or very limited abortion? Would you rather let anyone in who wants to come into our country or make restrictions? Get accurate news without calculated views or hear a reporters agenda? Would you rather have a strong law enforcement policy or abolish it altogether? Pay higher or lower taxes? Would you rather be able to defend yourself if necessary or whittle down the second amendment? Have many or few regulations on businesses? Have a strong or less-than-strong military? Would you rather make your own country more robust or another, say China or Iran stronger? Would you rather live in a country with true free speech or be silenced if you have an unpopular opinion? You get the idea.

My 15-year-old granddaughter had some very strong opinions that contradicted those of her on-line friends.

“Why don’t you speak up and tell them how you feel?” I asked.

“I want to. But what if down the road I apply for a scholarship somewhere or something and they read it and I don’t get it because of my opinion?”

What? Seriously? Even kids are worried about being cancelled in the future for their opinions today?

This particular grandchild is bi-racial. She’s grown up in an extended family where color is a non-issue—a mixed-bean-salad where every bean flavor seasons and enhances the palate. So while I’m at it, let me ask you this: Would you rather live in a place where racism is not a weapon in everyone’s arsenal? Would you rather live in a place where you don’t have to walk on eggshells? A place of safety, security, opportunity, morality and peace?

Maybe you’d rather think about simpler things, like would you rather be chased by a very hungry vampire or an overweight zombie? Wear clown shoes or a clown nose everyday?

Oops. Sorry, I didn’t mean to get back to politics.

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