Time Essay: The Trouble with Being in the Middle

The middle, it is generally agreed, is the right place to be. To the Greeks, moral wisdom was to be found in the golden mean. Modern political candidates, positioning themselves where they think the voters want them, shrewdly head for the middle. So if the middle is both the sensible and winning place to be, why is it also so boring and in some ways so discredited?

To be middle-class or middlebrow, even for those prop erly defined as belonging to either group, often seems conventional, complacent and...

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