Saturday, March 12, 2011

Of Course You're Right!

We constantly work to make sense of the world around us. So, today the world is flat and leeches are balancing the humors?  Cool.  Pursuing this theory or that, scrying more deeply into all that is around you, you'll see the evidence you seek and you'll be tempted deeper into the puzzle.  You take another step--but from where?  Is what you see next anything more than an extension of today's understanding?

Wanting to know, wanting to understand, wanting to be right or justified, how could it be otherwise?  After all, even when you discover how wrong you were, well, look at how right you are now! How wise and open minded you are to adopt a new, enlightened view!

These days I'm looking at a complex puzzle, made complex perhaps only by the human dynamic.  Looking for the problems, I see the problems.  Why is this like this and that like that?  I look deeper.  Problems on top of problems.  Fascinating patterns of problems.  Beautiful arrangements of misaligned ideas and beliefs, stresses and tensions, all in precarious balance resulting in the only current state and trajectory that is possible.  It truly is a wonder...

And how very tempting it is for me to go further and to explore more, to gain deeper understanding, to see more of the dynamic, to make greater sense of what is happening... but toward what end?  The exploration is, in some sense, only a diversion---a trap like any other.  Studying how others find themselves in their situations can happen with a blindness toward the equivalence of your own.

The difference between "fixing a problem" and "moving toward a solution" might only be semantics, but the choice of words or point of view is powerful in directing our energy.  A great leap forward does not happen from where you are, I think. Rather, it's a fait accompli, perhaps just beyond thought, and we catch up to it in time.  

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