Aristotle’s Absence

Extremists are everywhere.
Their exaggerated truths,
Moving closer to reality.

Every facet of our lives,
Including our families,
Is vulnerable to infiltration.

The world is black and white,
They tell us,
There are no shades of gray.

The Doctrine of the Mean
Is part of the past, they say,
And should be forgotten.

Finding the sensible middle,
Between two extremes,
Is no longer our task.

Instead we are told
We must pick a side,
Or we cannot belong.

Excess and deficiency, though,
Are no place to call home.
I search for virtue instead.

by Cody McCullough