June 27, 2016
Are We Willing to See What 4-5-6 Looks Like?
H. L. Mencken once said “Behind every complex problem there is an answer that is clear, simple, and wrong.”
And we’re seeing a lot of that play out on today’s world stage with polarizing positions on climate change, immigration, economies, governments, elections, and, and, and….
Depending on whether or not we count Taiwan, at least 195 countries inhabit this beautiful planet, and support over 7 billion people, according to worldometers.info. Multiply that by the number of cultural and religious adherences each respects, and the “clear and simple” quickly get to “wrong.”
Forcing “yes-no” answers out of “yeah, but…” questions reinforces exclusion and dismissiveness, guaranteeing conflict and resentment. The key to simplifying the complex is in overcoming our own ego- or ethno-centric intractability. An important first step in liberating ourselves from this confinement begins with realizing there is no “them” – there’s only “us.”
We affect and are affected by every thought, action and choice taking place in this closed system we know as Earth. Working together, negotiating and compromising can lead to solutions – if we’re willing to go beyond “view” and expand into “vision.”
With poles on any of our issues at “0” and “10,” are we willing to see what 4-5-6 looks like? Now might be a good time to ask that question.