Blog 2563 – 11.04.2022
Closer To Fine
I have often marveled that wars always seem to begin and end the same way, first with a break down of talks and then with agreed upon terms for co-existence. The Beatles’ song We Can Work It Out comes to mind. We can if we just would, but the likelihood grows less and less when we stop talking to one another and begin talking at one another then become so frustrated that no one is listening that we just stop talking altogether. The whole purpose for disagreeing is to get us to talk out our differences. A life with no disturbances or disagreements is a fool’s paradise.
Compromise and being forced to see the other side of issues is what makes us better people, not always getting our own way. Democracy is messy and unpredictable. Monarchies and dictatorships seem a smoother less disagreeable way, but for all their promises of greater good they fail to deliver except for those at the top.
Win-win situations always require give and take and a lot of talk and even more real listening. We can work it out as long as we keep talking and keep listening. It is the challenge of our time and of all times, using our words and not our fists, making love not war, seeing in one another our own reflection and not some enemy. We are in a house of mirrors that reflect back at us from all angles only ourself. Pogo, the comic strip character, said it years ago, “We have discovered the enemy and it is us.” Truth is, we have no enemy but our own ego. High time we had a little heart to heart talk with ourselves. We have more in common than we think.
Your friend and fellow traveler,
Closer To Fine