Fingers In Ears

What you see is not always what you get. You may remember those coming of age high school films about the golden haired quarterback who seems to have everything and the lowly un-sporty nerd. The former has a harem, gets the best seats and the best service, while the latter has to be satisfied with scraps. So the year-long ordeal continues. Flash ahead 20 years from high school and the golden boy is working at a hardware store and the nerdy kid runs his own multi-national conglomerate. The plot is way too common and predictable. When we’ve been doing things the same way for years and years and the outcomes become predictable we are suspect of the quiet voice at the end of the table that offers an alternative. A new voice offers something new. It may not be radical but it may be a proposing a different perspective; a new way of looking at stuff. This “new” way of looking can be suspect and we address the quiet voice with questions like “What are your credentials? Who are your people?”

31 The Jews fetched stones to stone him,

32 so Jesus said to them, ‘I have shown you many good works from my Father; for which of these are you stoning me?’

33 The Jews answered him, ‘We are stoning you, not for doing a good work, but for blasphemy; though you are only a man, you claim to be God.’ (John 10:31-33)

So we muddle through stuff. Recent changes in our government demand a thoughtful review. The spiral of insensitivity and impractical solutions masquerading as common sense solutions needs to be addressed. If the criticism is valid, then change is ordered. If change is not forth coming then resistance is next. Everyone has ideas and perspective, some are good and some are looney tunes. But unless we listen and evaluate the ideas and not the person there will be no progress. We are doomed to do things “like we’ve always done them.”

…and so it goes