"We know what happens to people who stay in the middle of road. They get run over."  what does this quote means?"We know what happens to people who stay in the middle of road. They get run over."...

"We know what happens to people who stay in the middle of road. They get run over."  what does this quote means?

"We know what happens to people who stay in the middle of road. They get run over."  what does this quote means?

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litteacher8 | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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Nice. I agree that this quote can mean it's important to take sides. I think it can also be interpreted as the need to distinguish yourself. If you are just middle of the road, you don't stand out one way or another. Life will pass you by, and maybe run you over in this economy!
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mwestwood | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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Years and years ago, a man who was the president of Eastman-Kodak Camera Corporation ran for public office as a state senator and won.  While he was appointed to many committees he tried to "straddle the fence" as people of that state referred to his middle of the road technique; however, because "he was not warm nor cold," he was not re-elected.  The public thought he was indecisive.

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pohnpei397 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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The meaning of this quote is that a person needs to take sides.  We cannot simply remain uncommitted when there is a conflict going on.  If we do, we will be "run over."

We say someone is in the "middle of the road" when that person will not pick a side in a dispute.  Such people try to take a compromise position that is in between the extremes.  Many people believe that this is a good thing to do, but the author of this quote clearly does not.  The author of the quote clearly believes that those who do not pick a side will have bad things happen to them because both sides will be angry at them.  They will not really stand for anything and so they will fall no matter what happens.

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