Last week i posted an old blog of mine about fear. i will be posting more such in time, hopefully soon.
@aquarienne: Family left Wednesday morning. We all know the horrible events that have unfolded around the country since. i've been heartsick. But will get back to the editing soon.
For now all i can say i deal constantly with the weight of two double edged swords: 1) The ability to see two or more sides of most issues/debates. 2) The ability to get a sense of future events by what is happening now. Each of these skills in blessing and a curse.
1) Seeing more than 1 perspective on an issue often gets you reviled by the folks who only see one side even more than than they hate each other. They may think you simply don't want to take sides, when it's just you have a broader perspective. On the blessing side---sometimes you can mediate, translate---find the words that help open up their thinking a bit and move 1 or 2 individuals toward understanding each other, or at least know people who have good cause for being upset know that someone who might outwardly look like an 'enemy' understands and supports their position.
2) This one is just as hard---i try to resist sounding like a conspiracy theorist---but i don't understand how some rational people cannot have more questions, do not wonder more about how certain events were instigated, precipitated.
More than once both localized and global events have unfolded as i predicted---sometimes years later (also as i predicted) by then most have forgotten what i said. Probably for the best i don't want to be pressed to make predictions because: A) i am too aware the course of life, both of individuals and nations, can be changed at any moment by small incidents. B) People often blame the messenger. C) Often i'm hoping i'm wrong. Like the person in the path of a hurricane, i prepare for the worst while hoping for the best. In terms of political, cultural issues this also manifests as trying to be an agent of positive change---you can't persuade a hurricane or close-minded people---but sometimes you can make a difference in some thinking and some lives. i do what i can, with what i have, where i am. Thanks to the internet i can reach more people at a time. A drop in an ocean of voices---but i have to try.
So we start a new week. Hopefully a better one.