To understand many things you must reach
out of your own condition.
— Mary Oliver, Leaves and Blossoms Along the Way
There’s a place for nuance. There’s a place for understanding. And above all, there’s a place for meeting in the middle. This inclination to receptiveness runs counter to the toxic stagnation of self-centered.
There is another virus spreading through the world—it’s a virus of the closed mind. We’ve become closed to new perspectives that might challenge our own. Too many sip the same flavor of Kool-Aid (blue, red, orange seem to be the only flavors at the moment in the U. S.). But a full life doesn’t fit neatly into such rigid choices, does it?
Like a root-bound plant left too long in its pot, we must reach out of our own condition to grow to our potential.