Thinking back on a recent conversation with Terry Bisson and Peter Coyote, one point in particular stands out in relation to this new web log. “Don’t show your lambs to wolves,” a traveler said to Coyote at one point during a hitchhiking experience. “Who do you show it to,” asked Coyote. “To those who know the inner workings of the universe.”
Interpret that as you will, but when it comes down to it, there are those out there who do not want to hear certain things. Words have an intimidating power, especially when it comes to challenging values and beliefs. There must be a balance between saying nothing and revealing too much about what you think. The goal of the “That’s what I believe” podcast is to reveal a lot. It may be dangerous to open up in such a way, but the idea is that we could all be a little better off by this exchange of dialogue. Nothing said should be read into too deeply and taken personal.
That being said, people often go out on a limb to make a point or attempt to inspire others. We are all partial people, as Coyote notes in the podcast conversation. No one individual is perfect and in that regard, we must all work together to develop collective ideals. These efforts take time and are rarely eloquent in the first round. After circulating through conversations with many people, these ideals may eventually take shape and form into something actionable.
Nothing is off limits. Back to what the traveler said to Coyote. How do you convey to someone the magnitude of the universe and the inconsequential materialistic attitudes that lead to so many problems? In this sense, why is there so much violence and destruction in the present age? Do those who inflict pain upon others feel that life is meaningless? Do they simply look to gratify their immediate sensibilities? Have we really learned from our collective mistakes and nourished the skills it takes to grow? Imagine the possibilities if we all continued to grow and accept this mission to pursue a better global community.
These questions are not new and echo throughout history. We are able to cry for a reason. Our emotions allow us to passionately change whenever we notice our erroneous ways so that we may work toward the happy paradigm. Nations have gone even further to promote changes within their own societies and work to change other nations that may not do so well in this effort. There is evil in the world as anyone can see when they read the news. How does one overcome evil? Many past efforts seem to fight evil with evil, violence with violence. How effective has this been? Can only a monster destroy a monster?
Those who speak on the podcast do not believe that simple conversation will solve the problems in which countless others have put their lives on the line in an attempt to solve. Think of it instead, as a new beginning, as an endeavor to come up with new ideas that have not been thoroughly discussed. The world is changing minute by minute. We must be open and teachable to these new thoughts and embrace our imperfections. Take a moment and consider what may come from the proliferation of such an attitude and continue the conversation in your own time. Remember though to avoid showing your lambs to wolves.