compassion, collaboration & cooperation iN transistion
"Ignorant" doesn't mean stupid – I mistakenly equated those words for a long time –
it means to ignore something. And when it comes to fears, we ignore them at our peril.
Fears do their dirtiest work in the dark and from a distance: the less we're aware of them,
the more we give them leverage over us. Like Archimedes' lever that, if long enough,
could move the whole earth, molehill fears we push out of sight, out of mind, can have
a mountainous effect on us.
Of course a more vernacular descriptive interpretation of FEAR has recently been promoted by Sam Mendes - the Director of the very latest James Bond epic "SKYFALL" - during the scene where "M" is being interrogated by a Select Parliamentary Committee -
M: Today I've repeatedly heard how irrelevant my department has become. "Why do we need agents, the Double-0 section? Isn't it all antiquated?" Well, I suppose I see a different world than you do, and the truth is that what I see frightens me. I'm frightened because our enemies are no longer known to us. They do not exist on a map. They're not nations, they're individuals. And look around you. Who do you fear? Can you see a face, a uniform, a flag? No! Our world is not more transparent now, it's more opaque! It's in the shadows. That's where we must do battle. So before you declare us irrelevant, ask yourselves, how safe do you feel? Just one more thing to say, my late husband was a great lover of poetry, and... I suppose some of it sunk in, despite my best intentions. And here today, I remember this, I believe, from Tennyson:-
"We are not now that strength which in old days moved earth and heaven, that which we are, we are. One equal temper of heroic hearts, made weak by time and fate, but strong in will. To strive, to seek, to find, AND NOT TO YIELD."
WE ARE LIVING OUR LIVES to FILL THE SPACE we've
got rather than creating THE [SPACE] for OUR LIVES
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