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Black and white are very precisely defined and in life interpretation represent a full stop. They cannot be defined as good or bad; they will be found on either side of a rainbow of greys.  Perhaps they could even be described as extreme shades of grey. Black and white shown in juxtaposition show stark differences, as in the merganser who also adds a variable with the color in his beak. More subtle differences appear, as in the water and its wavelets, with the many shades of grey. There is much more grey in life than true white or black, just as there is much more grey in our minds and thoughts than true white or black convictions. Most people can see a side to a question or point of view that isn’t their own; that shows they are already considering two shades of grey; the question or point of view is a shade of grey in its own right. Trouble arises when a person sees that question from only a black or white point of view and does not address the greys at all. Grey is where compromise and rational discussion live, where a way can be found to avoid strife and power plays. Those following either white or black exclusively will find themselves locked into their positions and may be unable to change them if they find they no longer agree with the position. Approaching anything from a grey area allows for gaining knowledge and perspective and does not lock you into an untenable place. Flowing pausing to drift with many shades of grey provides a great many choices. This does not mean you are indecisive, it only shows that you are a thinking person unwilling to be too hasty in making decisions. Living in various shades of grey can be a comfortable and aware place to live and if you can find like-minded people to share your place you may find your circumstances nothing but pleasant and fruitful. Does versatility and thoughtfulness sound like a more rational way to live than to be cornered in a place where only black and white rule?

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Author: EllenphanPhotos

I've been struck many times by the thoughts that run through my head when I'm outdoors and contemplating nothing in particular. The thoughts can be profound or silly, sad or joyful, relevant or not. But they're always there. And with just a bit of concentration they can lead to the most astonishing places and on the most convoluted trails. Exploring those vagaries and jigs and jogs is fun. I'm attempting to find more of these trails to see if they lead anywhere or nowhere, because even nowhere is somewhere. The bits and pieces of the outdoors help to make the indoors survivable. Photos help bring the outdoors in and remind me of many of the thoughts I had while still outside, a very valuable tool they are, too.

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