A few weeks ago, I was looking to update my celery spread.
I'd been spreading plain tahini on celery, but I wanted something that spread more easily. I also wanted a little saltiness.
I mixed the tahini with a little lemon juice to brighten it, and thinned it with a little water to make it a nice, spreadable consistency. I added salt bit by bit, tasting as I went. I added more lemon juice, more water, more salt and stirred and stirred.
When my new spread was pretty tasty, I thought I could do a lot with this basic sauce. I could spice it up. I could add parsley and olives. I could cut the salt, thin it, sweeten it a bit, and serve it over fruit.
I was really proud of my invention.
Right up until the moment I realized that I had just painstakingly reinvented hummus.
The Overton window is outside the bounds of the Overton window. It's a rhetorical device masquerading as political theory. It attempts to put bounds around the acceptability of political discourse. You can try to move or stretch the window if you don't like where it is, or try to figure out where it is and meekly stay within it. If you're in politics, you'd like to control it, keep your opponents within it, and move it in your direction.
The idea and expression of where the Overton window is seems to sharply depart from what Actual People (tm) think and say about the issues. As a box, it's far too small to be useful.
Let's deprecate it and move on to more fluid ways of thinking about public discourse.
You know that one person can't do it all herself, so you form support networks and delegate responsibilities to the kids.
You know that a well-organized, well-cared-for crew is both more pleasant and more effective, so you plan ahead to keep things running smoothly.
You're a master of logistics. You can organize a tricky release schedule or a 3-week camping trip for 10. You have a clear sense of the effort required to pull off a venture, and you can scale preparations to both the task and resources available.
You're flexible and think quickly on your feet. Life tosses you a lot of curve balls, and you have the grace and the experience to hit the sweet spot when it does.
You've honed your set of priorities so that you spend your energy on tasks that are worth the effort. You have a good sense of when an emergent issue needs immediate attention and when it will distract and dissipate energy from more important goals.
You remain calm and centered even in difficult circumstances.
You know that people aren't difficult on purpose just to annoy you. They are difficult because they need something they're not getting. You have the understanding to cut through the crap to get to the essential issue and the tact to solve the problem so that people feel good about the solution.