The Norman Transcript


May 19, 2013

What hope for our humanity’s predicament?



But how do you do that when each person tends to be biased by their own vision, their own discernment and their own interpretation of what they see?

We need to be willing to enter into the solving of the predicament with each our own willingness to change our mind and our feelings based on what we observe if we come to understand it as different from what we thought or presumed it to be before our mutual effort at discernment. Only then does the polylogue become creative and promising of “the more” that might be waiting to be unearthed. That “more” might indeed be very “other” than we ourselves or any one of us thought it was or was going to be.

Only then will the more full “right thing” emerge and indeed the whole will be greater and other than the sum of its parts, of its constituents. It’s the way the mix of ideas of persons come together in the pursuit that the most beneficial next step emerges. No one of us can take credit for the whole but only for parts of the whole, each of which may well have been transformed by the dialectic of a more full comprehension.

In a word or a few words, our humanity’s predicament is “stalement” (stalemated). We are becoming “stale” from not sharing our talents together around the world. We are more and more technically connected, even Skyping one another’s externality, but we are not really in touch with our own fullness of our own humanity, much less knowing and appreciating that of one another around the world or even in our own living places.

We are encapsulated in our own preferences, views, politics, religions, marriages or relationships, families, occupations or retirements. We need to continually “retread” ourselves so that we can each graduate again and again from where we have been to the potential of where we might be if we travel together and discuss and share our care along the way.

Joe Ted Miller


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