What do we want badly enough?August 15, 2011 Leave a comment
“The very least you can do in your life is to figure out what to hope for. And the most you can do is live inside that hope. Not admire it from a distance but live right in it, under its roof.”
All the wisdom and spiritual traditions give us beautiful things to hope for—completion, salvation, an end to suffering, a world of beauty and peace.
“What I want is so simple I can’t almost say it: elementary kindness.”
What kind of community could we build around that notion? What kind of politics? What would it mean to truly treat each person as if their interests were at least as important as our own?
“Enough to eat, enough to go around.”
It’s a pretty counter cultural thing in the U.S. just to aspire to “enough to go around,” and no more. I’m reminded of many of my colleague Curtis Ogden’s posts about the imperative to live sustainable. It would be revolutionary for us to want just enough to go around. What kind of economy and community could we build around that notion?
“The possibility that kids might one day grow up to be neither the destroyers nor the destroyed.
Seeing generation after generation of young men of color not growing up because they became either the destroyer or the destroyed, I wonder what it will take for this simply stated dream to become a reality.
That’s about it. Right now I’m living in that hope, running down its hallways and touching the walls on both sides.”
What do you see before you as you run down the hallways that are your life? What do you feel as you touch the sides? What do you want badly enough to pursue it?