I'm an Independent, politically. I'm a vaccine moderate, meaning I think some vaccines are good and some not so good, and some people should get vaccines that other people should not. I'm "spiritual but not religious" meaning that I don't go to any church but I have my own practice which brings me into contact with the sacred and sublime, and I believe that some such practice is essential for becoming a moral human. In other words, I live in the grey.
If you are like me and don't fit into the pre-made groups, welcome. Fellow seekers, people who do not accept anyone else's narrative and prefer to learn and discover and make our own story, we are this nation's hope for the future, this world's hope for the future. Collective intelligence relies on both diversity and disagreement; we have to be able to talk about tough issues without shutting each other down. Without disrespecting each other.
When you already know all the answers, in spite of not having done the study for yourself, you are taking a shortcut to a dead end. People who are sure that one political party or the other is 100% on the right track are mistaken. People who think that every single human should be given the Covid-19 vaccine are just as mistaken as those who think it's a government effort to inject micro-chips and track us all. People who think that every single soul who does not agree with their religion is going to hell, they're already in a philosophical dead end. It can be hard to turn around in a dead end.
It is important to understand the best arguments of your adversaries. It is valuable to develop real arguments for your positions rather than simply saying that the other side is wrong, or so-and-so told you so. Humans being social creatures are susceptible to accepting whatever version of reality is used by those around us--but we are also intelligent enough to question it.
It's time to develop our moderateness, our humility and kindness. Nobody can know everything. Admitting that we don't know is an opportunity to learn. Admitting that we've been listening to an authority figure who doesn't actually know gives us an opportunity to investigate new sources, to check out different experts, and to develop a more nuanced and complete view of our world. The truth pretty much always lies somewhere in the grey.