Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Tending the Orphan Child

One of the biggest obstacles to growth of any kind is the belief that "we're already there." In my last post, I left you with the thought that "maybe you're a wholist," and if so, what does that mean? (If you want a primer on my idea of wholeness ethics, you might want to start here and here.)

First, it means you are in the process of becoming and being whole and the process of making the world more whole where you can. Wholeness isn't a destination that any of us have arrived at, but a process we're either engaged in or not at the moment. Wholeness is a dynamic, not a static, state.

Are you engaged in the process of becoming and being whole in this moment? Is this moment-by-moment tending to wholeness an ongoing practice in your life? Then maybe you are a wholist.

I believe we must get this right and together raise a generation that has reverence, goodwill and justice for themselves, for others, for animals and nature, and for the transcendent. Certain people, for reasons of their own, are actively and very skillfully teaching and advocating the opposite of these on a massive scale.

I recall hearing about a woman who went as a tourist somewhere in the world that was deeply broken. She witnessed oppressed people living in fear under a brutal regime and she found that people began to call on her to come and just listen to their stories. This was several decades ago and she was still working on their behalf.

When asked what made her commit her life to this cause she said, "simply knowing about it."

She went on to say that to know something is to become accountable to that truth, a trustee of it.

I believe this is so. Too often we think of the truth we come to know in life as a personal possession. I've come to think of it more as an orphan child that I, once having come upon, am accountable for loving, raising and sending out into the world.

Wholism is that child for me, but as the saying goes, "It takes a village..." It especially takes a village to raise a truth in this world.

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