Trust Your Gut?

Apparently, not everyone’s gut is on the same page.

Human beings are complicated creatures, which may be why people opt for dogs and cats rather than the more difficult work of parenthood, or human interaction in general.

I’ve never seen bell curves, graphs, or other statistics that verify the accuracy of a gut feeling, and I’ve always been curious as to how things would actually turn out in a clinical study- if such a thing could be studied. Is a gut feeling sort of like 20/20 hindsight, as in “I should have trusted my gut?”

My gut feelings steer me in a certain direction. Sometimes literally, like when we’re on the road and a quick decision has to be made regarding which road we need to take. Other times they act as a moral compass- a conscience of sorts.

It would seem that one’s gut feelings are conditioned on environmental factors, that we are not all inherently gifted with consistent instruction and guidance that lead to consensus on a given issue- say, letting people who were born in this country or brought at a young age, and who know no other place as home- and who have become valuable threads in the fabric of this nation- letting them stay in this country and granting them citizenship.

My gut tells me this is a no-brainer. They stay. It seems only right and proper and fair. Not to mention kind and compassionate.

But people in a position to make a final decision on this issue apparently feel differently. How is this possible?

Human beings are complicated creatures. There apparently is no universal operating system that moves us to speak in unison and do what’s right. “Right” is a moving target, which complicates things.



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