The Cottage on the Moor is a place where I'll keep a fire going on cold winter nights and a breeze flowing through the windows on steamy summer days. There will be a "cup of warm" waiting for you to stimulate your mind. I'll try to keep it fresh by adding something every week or two. So come often. I hope you find something you enjoy.
I’m convinced of it;
whether the hand of God shaped
or He fashioned it
in a thought-full
sort of making –
like, Big Banging
doesn’t change the Genesis saying;
for me, confirms it;
“In the beginning God
I just believe it.
In past years I showed a U. S. State Department film
entitled From Where I Sit to my
Social Studies classes. The film began with the image of a rotating, tumbling
chair frame. The first angle from which the audience viewed it would not have
caused most people to think “chair”, but as it turned and more perspectives
were revealed it became evident to most that it was indeed a chair. One’s
interpretation of what it was depended upon “where one was sitting.”
It is easy, in a blog like this, to give the appearance of
superiority, to speak with a certainty that says, “I know better than any
others what the truth of the matter is.” To avoid sounding arrogant I’ve not
done much prose blogging lately. I suppose some of my poems have nonetheless
been just as self-assured and arrogant, alas. Sorry about that.
But it is still true that what we see is what we see – from where
we sit. If I had stopped the film before it was evident that the figure
being shown was a chair, and if I had asked the students to tell me what they
saw, I would have gotten a variety of answers and some of the students would
have been insistent upon their interpretation of the data. Perhaps if they had
discussed their perspectives they might have actually come to the conclusion
that it was a chair they were viewing. Or perhaps they would all have gone on
in ignorance of what they had seen.
Our social and political world is no different. The data is
being shown to us daily, coming from a myriad of sources. We can only see it
from a limited number of angles. With that incomplete data we must decide what
we are actually seeing and decide what course of action, if any, we should take
regarding it. Sometimes we are more sure of ourselves than at other times.
Sometimes we humans will fight and die for the truth we perceive.
But the wisest course is to compare perspectives with others
who see it differently, from where they sit. The things presented in this blog
may sometimes ring (or reek) with certainty. Take that to mean that, from where I sit it sure does look a
certain way. Take what you read here and add it to other perspectives including
your own present view of the matter. I’m doing the same, reading, discussing,
even arguing, and gradually changing my opinions of what I am seeing.
We may never fully understand what we are seeing but as “rational
creatures” we are doomed to forever be trying to interpret the images revolving
before us. We cannot NOT do so. But we can do so with the understanding that
our view is only one of many views and with that understanding we can have the
humility to allow others to hold opposing views while we collectively attempt
to arrive at a consensus.