What is ‘Neutrality’? What does it mean to be neutral? Have you ever been asked if you are neutral? Is it being neutral to be in the middle of two or more arguments? Does it mean that you understand each side of the poles that have opposing arguments? As the term ‘Neutrality’ gets more popular in various fields, the definition of being neutral differs. Then what does it mean to have a neutral opinion in politics? What does it mean to make gender neutral icons for restrooms? How are people supposed to react or even digest all the meaning/meanings of this term?
Questions make more questions. People in different fields tend to use the word ‘Neutrality’ and personally it was fully understandable to have such a stance, what they call ‘being neutral’. Since we are all humans, it’s natural to have totally different thoughts regarding to a single topic. Maybe it’s natural to be neutral sometimes, but the world doesn’t work like that. The reality wants answers, clear stances, and sharp decisions from us. Eventually you should pick one. You either have to agree or disagree, pick one side in politics, or decide to stay or move on. I think the fundamental meaning of being neutral is that you are not engaging. It means you are intentionally neglecting.
There is no such thing as ‘Neutrality’. Being neutral is being indifferent, apathetic, indefinite, relinquished, renounced, unrelated, careless and quitting. There shouldn’t be another term that tries to contain all of those. Thus, there shouldn’t be any value in ‘Neutral’. I stand for my voice, thoughts, and decision, not only to understand different thoughts because it’s just easy to say “I’m neutral here since I understand all of the arguments.”
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