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From the Edge: Editorial

 by Megan Irwin
 published on Thursday, April 20, 2006

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I'm tired of people wanting an easy way out. The world is a big place, filled with big, nuanced problems that require complicated solutions.

I'm disheartened by the number of people I observe lately championing easy solutions. I don't even want to talk about the number of people I see championing no solution, zoning out in front of a "20-20" interview with Tom Cruise (OMG! He's so crazy! Will his baby be a girl or a boy?) The no-solution people are a topic for a whole other conversation.

No, it's the easy-way-outers who frustrate me most. For the most part they're well-educated people. They understand (sort of) how to structure an argument and they know the rhetoric behind their point of view. The problem is, these people are so sure they're right, they refuse to see any solution other than the one they're proposing. No effort is made to understand the issue holistically. They're right and the other side is wrong. The end.

This is not the most productive, or logical, problem-solving method.

We've seen a strong example of this in the recent debate over immigration, and it comes from both sides. People are so blinded by emotions, political agendas and money they fail to see what's really at the heart of this discussion -- people.

This week's cover story (Border Patrol, page 8) focuses on the human side of this political issue. While pundits argue and protesters wave signs, shout slogans and burn flags, people are dying. People along the border are literally burning to death in the desert as they try to enter America. They are willing to risk death because to stay where they are, in many cases, amounts to the same thing.

While so many people are busy insisting they're right, one ASU graduate is making his way along the U.S.-Mexico border, actually paying attention to the humans affected by border policy. His person-to-person interaction might not change policy, but the stories he's now able to tell might change a few minds and probably break a few hearts -- bleeding or otherwise.

That's more than I can say for all the slogans and insults tossed back and forth between both sides of this complicated mess. Humans are not simple animals. We don't live in a simple world. Let's stop pretending that we do.

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