May 26, 2013
The New Narrative
Evolve, Expand, Emerge
When I think about the world we are living in today and what the twentieth century has left for my grandchildren I ponder on what wisdom can be given them to encourage them on their journey? I wonder where the seeds of hope reside? Is it counterculture to value the "other" with respect and "mutuality?" Is there a need to recover and expand values of the past in a new context? One word emerging in the new story from the earlier story is - "stewardship." While an earlier understanding may have to do with protecting, caring - a paternalistic meaning perhaps but that now in the new story can take on a different understanding.
Peter Block in his book on Stewardship suggest that what is emerging slowly in the culture is an evolving process that values respect for the other, accountability, equal distribution of power and resources, a recognition that as self-reflective people we can transcend the fragmentation and silos of the past thus leading toward something more whole?
How can an image of God that is neither abstract nor distant support such transformational change? If God can be accepted as "Love" - a powerful, transforming energy that heals, reconciles, unites, and makes whole, affect the way we see, the questions we ask and the way we act, how can such an image of love be in service of the whole, a more humanized world?
While it is true that there is and has been much misery in the past there has also been great strides toward the good. There is evidence of good things happening everywhere for those who have eyes to see -the non profit organizations rising up today show a new way of being a good society, for example, the global response to disasters - Haiti, Sandy Hook, etc. I think of groups of people who come together for healing conversations, to discern the meaning of "place" who "intend" to find another way, - a third way, to live in healing relationships with one another and with our natural world.
When people come together in conversation, to talk, to ask big questions, a third way will always open up as a new story is created.
Our hope is that what is seen as counterculture today will become the norm in the "not yet" future.
On her deathbed, Gertrude Stein's companion is anxiously leaning over her dying friend and mentor and asks: Gertrude! Gertrude! What's the answer?" Stein, opening her eyes, replies: "What's the question?"
"Be patient toward all that is unsolved in your heart and try to love the questions themselves like locked rooms and like books that are written in a foreign tongue. Do not now seek the answers... Live the questions now."
~Rainer Maria Rilke