From Tyler Cowen, as applicable to spirituality as it is to economic
We are the Ambivalents, unable not to see both sides of the argument, frozen in the no-man’s land between armies of true believers. We cannot speak our name, because there is no respectable way to confess that you believe two opposing propositions, no ballot that allows you to vote for competing candidates, no questionnaire in which you can tick the box, “I agree with both of these conflicting views.”So the Ambivalents avoid the question, or check “I don’t know,” or grit their teeth and pick a side. Consequently, our ambivalence doesn’t leave a trace. But that doesn’t mean it doesn’t exist.Ambivalence refers to the state of experiencing conflicting beliefs or feelings simultaneously.
Ambivalence is not the same as indifference, with which it is often confused. Someone in an ambivalent state of mind is experiencing an excess of opinion, not an absence of it.An ambivalent person may feel very strongly about the subject at hand without reaching anything like a coherent point of view on it.
- See more at: Marginal Revolution.