Trust and songs and stories are the stuff of prophetic communities.
‘The best way to be trusted … means I must first trust myself, and the best way to trust myself is to make myself trustworthy.’*
I want to be someone I can trust.
For this, I know I must be open with others and with the world of which I am a part – how can I trust myself if I’m socially and/or ecologically disconnected?
My experience of what is beyond me must keep growing:
‘Organisations around the world are recognising that either they can expand their thinking to match the real system they belong to or they can artificially shrink the system they are managing to match their thinking.’**
Those who expand their thinking avoid fitting everyone and everything encountered into a confined and static way of seeing and understanding. Isolate hope and it withers, idealise hope and it reduces to the staleness of soundbites and rhetoric. Hope captured in the movement of dangerous stories and songs and drama of the prophetic community has the chance of remaining fresh and alive:
‘To speak or act, or think originally is to erase the boundary of the self. It is to leave behind the territorial personality. A genius does not have a mind full of thoughts but is the thinker of thoughts, and is the centre of a field of vision.^
(*From Stanley Hauerwas’s With the Grain of the Universe.)
(**From Peter Senge’s The Necessary Revolution.)
(^From James Carse’s Finite and Infinite Games. Genius, here, is more about the unique contribution a person can make than their IQ.)