One of the dilemmas we are frequently faced with, is how to draw boundaries to acceptable behaviour without falling foul of ambiguous cases where the boundary rules lead to situations we didn’t foresee or want to happen.
As I grow older, I tend to grow more tolerant (don’t laugh) but I also tend to think we need our boundaries warts and all. Why? Because it seems to me that in trying to accommodate all those tricky cases where our boundary rules don’t quite work, we just end up losing the boundary.
What triggered my musing on this was a post by that wise old blogger David Duff who wrote a post about abortion clinics being allowed to advertise on TV. David drew a very clear line in the sand, and although I’ve never been what you might call a pro-lifer, I found myself agreeing with him.
Lines in the sand may indeed lead to a harsh inflexibility which we didn’t intend, but if they aren’t there, then the outcome may well turn out worse. Lines in the sand do at least allow us a fighting chance to avoid malign social trends we never would have planned.