How lovely it is to wake to the sound of rain. I am looking out on trees, dripping in joy. The trunks are more brown and the leaves more green.
It is Veteran's Day. I sit with that, and all my mixed feelings on power, force, war, aggression, and defense. Each cell has it's own little system to take care of itself. How do we deal with all of that when we are a group of cells, a collection of people, a gobbling gaggle of countries?
My book group met last night and, among other things, discussed Reza Aslan's book No god but God, The Origins, Evolution and Future of Islam. It is an important book to read, because each one of us on the planet needs to better understand the beliefs and origins of this vast and diverse group of people. One woman commented that wars are related to religion, and it does seem to be so, especially since religion represents so much more than spiritual belief to most people. We are indoctrinated at a very early age into certain thought patterns we seem to feel a need to defend. I had thought war was more about territory, but it does seem to be about defending a very specific belief. That brings me to the book by Sam Harris, The End of Faith, Religion, Terror, and the Future of Reason. I have not yet finished it, but I think he is offering solutions, and a way, a need for us to change what we have been taught for something more reasoned.
We are born with the desire for awe. I have spoken of the mountain lion I saw watching the sun set. We need that. We also bond in camaderie over war and football games. How do we channel our needs to a place that fulfills and allows us all to exist in peace? I just finished reading the book Synchronicity, The Inner Path of Leadership by Joseph Jaworski. I think it offers possibilities.
It seems like a good day to think of waves of peace. May your boat be strong as you float along, and may today bring ease.
Joseph Jaworski, in his study of Servant Leadership as inspired by Robert K. Greenleaf in his book Servant Leadership, discovers Francisco Varela, and his work on the "biology of cognition," knowing how we know.
In Synchronicity, The Inner Path of Leadership, Jaworski writes that this field of study has determined that cognition "is not a representation of the world "out there" but rather a bringing forth of the world through the process of living itself." The only world we have is the world we create through our language and interactions. The only way our world, communities, and organizations will change is if we change.
Mahatma Gandhi's words, "Be the change you want to see in the world," are absolutely true. Venture out today and see and be what you want to create.
Joseph Jaworski ends his book with this story. The following is at the end of a film on Auschwitz. How he comes to see the film is synchronous, but sink into this image. I quote:
But then at the end of the tape there was beautiful, soft music and the most surprising image appeared on the screen. It was an image of two birds, sitting on a slender branch of a tree in winter. Here's what was written there:
"Tell me the weight of a snowflake," a coal-mouse asked a wild dove.
"Nothing more than nothing," was the answer.
"In that case, I must tell you a marvelous story," the coal-mouse said.
"I sat on the branch of a fir, close to its trunk, when it began to snow - not heavily, not in a raging blizzard - no, just like in a dream, without a wound and without any violence. Since I did not have anything better to do, I counted the snowflakes settling on the twigs and needles of my branch. There number was exactly 3,741,952. When the 3,741, 953rd dropped onto the branch, nothing more than nothing, as you say - the branch broke off."
Having said that, the coal-mouse flew away.
The dove, since Noah's time an authority on the matter, thought about the story for awhile, and finally said to herself, "Perhaps there is only one person's voice lacking for peace to come into the world."
Each of us might ask, "Am I that voice?"