#Dare to be Grey
An important characteristic of the time we live in, is that every single person can give his or her opinion about any particular subject. Especially on Facebook and Twitter there is a whole range of different opinions that all want to be heard. It is a good thing that everybody can do his say, but if you take a closer look, there is something strange going on. The different opinions are either extremely pro or extremely against. There isn’t really room for the opinions that are in between those two extremes. It is either black or white, you are either with us or against us.
Let’s take the president election in US as an example. The day after the election the only thing I encountered on Facebook where posts about Trump. Most of the posts made fun of Trump or of US. But a few of them were pro Trump and in a couple of the reactions I read under the memes there was a huge discussion going on. About 48% was talking about the way that Trump was absolutely great for the US and that he was going to change everything, the other 48% was telling the first 48% that they had lost their mind and that nothing good could ever come from this. The last 4% was saying this was what god wanted and all we could do was pray (I must say, I don’t think the way of the last 4% is going to help). But what I missed in the whole discussion, was the opinion of the people that were in the middle. Neither black nor white, but a little grey.
The same thing can be said about the refugees problem in Europe. Around me I hear two kinds of opinions. The first is “Kick everybody out, close the borders and never let them in again. We don’t want terrorists in our country!” and the second opinion is “Let them all in and give them all the help they need. Let’s drop everything else we were doing in this country and welcome them with open arms”. Personally I certainly do not agree with the first group, but I don’t fully agree with the second group either. I’m somewhere in the middle.
The strong opinions that are all over Facebook, twitter and come in the news, are the opinions of a minority. The majority is somewhere in the middle, but we don’t hear them. Only the strongest opinions make the news, and only the strongest opinions make their point clear on Facebook. Thus it looks like the whole world is strongly supporting the white or the black corner. Thus it looks like all of the US voted for Trump. Thus it looks like Europe hates the refugees and all think they are terrorists. But this is not the whole picture. Most people are grey. But we don’t really hear grey.
So if you are grey like me, let the world know with #daretobegrey. Make sure that the rest of the world doesn’t think that people in the Netherlands or in Europe only think in black or white. Show them the majority that is somewhere in the fifty shades of grey in the middle.