Before you boot out the binary . . .

We live in a binary world that obviously overflows with opposites. Even this post depends on a binary system. Yet denying the binary is becoming common.

Life is full of either/or choices. We can’t escape the binary; we can only deny it. Most decisions are binary: yes or no, here or there, go or stay, get up or stay in bed, sit or stand, etc.

We can’t have everything. We have to choose between this and that. Much of how we behave is binary as we make choices about right or wrong, helpful or harmful, wise or unwise, etc.

Binary is good. We wouldn’t exist without it. Human reproduction is built on the binary system of male and female. Computers and all of the digital world are programmed by binary code.

Civilization depends on the binary concept of right and wrong. Without that, shared moral values collapse and people begin to do whatever they want, resulting in mayhem and chaos. Without binary concepts such as (up or down, inside or outside, good or bad, man or woman, etc.) our thinking and communication become confused.

Binary thinking, by facing the fact that you can’t be or do opposite things at the same time, avoids denial. The assertion that people can’t be binary thinkers and open minded at the same time, is itself binary thinking.

Some people want to
Boot out the binary
Making life fragmentary,
In order that they can live
As though it’s ordinary
To think that the reality
Of right and wrong can vary
Because they’re imaginary
And unnecessary.

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About Steve Simms

I like to look and think outside the box. In college I encountered Jesus Christ and I have been passionate about trying to get to know Him better ever since. My wife and I long to see the power and passion of the first Christ-followers come to life in our time. I have written a book about our experiences in non-traditional church, called, "Beyond Church: An Invitation To Experience The Lost Word Of The Bible--Ekklesia." If you need encouragement, search for: Elephants Encouraging The Room and/or check out my Amazon author page. Thank you!
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