The only difference between people that matters is the difference between those who allow this space to fill with flow – and those who don’t, or won’t allow it.*
The proverb announces: “iron sharpens iron”.** This is about interdependence. I need you to sharpen me; you need me too sharpen you. An “iron sharpens iron” world is not competitive but collaborative, the like of which is difficult too imagine because it is about abundance, about valuing everyone, and we have lived too long in a world of scarcity.
I’ve picked up a 1988 edition of Stephen Hawking’s A Brief History of Time. In the introduction, Carl Sagan remarks:
‘Except for children (who don’t know enough not to ask the important questions), few of us spend much time wondering why nature is the way it is; where the cosmos came from, or whether it was always here; if time will one day flow backward and effects precede causes; or whether there are ultimate limits to what humans can know.’^^
We have left the world of questions and we are struggling to find our way back, but out is not impossible.
I needed to look up the meaning of the word lacuna after coming across it in Maria Popova’s Two Hundred Years of Blue. It means an unfilled space or gap. Here we find new horizons and discoveries. Here we all know something and none of us know everything:
‘Equidistant from the atoms and stars, we are expanding exploratory horizons to explore the very small and the very large.’^