Volume 90, Issue 73

Tuesday, February 4, 1997



Keeping abreast on an issue

Re: topless ruling

To the editor:

To every issue there are two sides, let's call them the left and the right. From the centre of each side, curving in infinite directions, can be found all the opinions, all the questions, all the customs, beliefs, legalities and moralities possible and then some. Yet each must learn to co-exist with the other regardless of whether the left is receiving a fair shake at this point in time or the right is receiving a fair shake at that point in time.

Whether the right carries more weight today or the left carries more weight tomorrow. Left or right, big or small, we should realize that the best way, is when all sides get the fairest shake they can. It's warm and it's fuzzy and it's called logic.

Take the recent court ruling on female breasts for example, the latest in an historical line of bellicosity surrounding the apparent ownership and rights of the human body. Another ripple, that could swell to a wave of change.

The side that had been comfortably tucked away with the knowledge that its well-intended concepts, swung in the same direction as those currently being used as the standard, was suddenly left hanging. While the other side fairly tingled with new found freedom. When the pendulum swings, it sometimes does so very quickly. Logic and emotions can come to a head and galvanize the issue. Intentions can sometimes get out of hand.

What's needed, is a couple of deep breaths, a second or two and a little of that fuzzy logic.

If in the course of developments, the pendulum should swing again, as would be the case if a successful appeal were mounted, emotions may once again flare and the whole issue might be pushed into a premature climax, leaving both sides breathless and troubled. Remember, think fuzzy thoughts.

If female breasts can now make their appearance in public without fear of persecution, ridicule or harm, then so be it. But it is the pull of public opinion, gravitating in that direction, what will make it so. No law can decide, but only delay the tide of human nature.

Open the lines of communication, line up as many of the curves as possible, ease some of the friction and find your best position within the current flow of development. Make the most of your own attributes and think fuzzy. If public opinion should rotate and point itself in a new direction, make the necessary adjustments, use your head and your heart, learn, adapt and carry on. All the rest, if you will excuse my choice of words, is just tit for tat.

Louis Klomp
London resident

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