I’ve never really needed to know where I stand on important issues for a very good reason: I’m usually not to be found standing at all. In fact, I sit very firmly and with great conviction, squarely in the middle of any available fence.
So it was mere curiosity that made me take this quiz when I found a post about it on Annie’s blog. To my horror, I found that the quiz has no place for honourable dissenters or people who decline to hold an opinion. My fence was reduced to a single point on the compass. But there was no way to occupy that point, that still centre of the magnetically volatile political/social compass.
So: if I did not agree, disagree, agree vehemently (or whatever other emphatic qualifier) or disagree vehemently (see above) I had no place in the spectrum of possible opinion that could be held.
Why? How? Whatever happened to I Agree But… or Up To A Point? And what about those of us who can hold several contradictory opinions with no visible discomfort?
I found that I am, like a lot of other people, in the same square with Nelson Mandela and Gandhi; I also appear to tend more towards communism than anarchism (about which I find I am a little unhappy. I like anarchy!). Or so the results say. I say, give me my fence back!
More about this quiz here.