The humble perspective

The purpose of life is to see.*
(Jack Turner)

It was less like seeing than like being for the first time.**
(Annie Dillard)

When Jesus of Nazareth said that the meek will inherit the earth there must have been those who thought this the most ridiculous thing they’d heard. I’m wondering, though, whether Jesus was encouraging us to embrace humility as a way of positioning ourselves better to all that is, being able to see more, feel more and, whenever and wherever possible, do more – as Seth Godin counsels:

We become original through practise.^

We’re not looking on the kind of humility that denies its own talents but knows its talents precisely and develops them, and, knowing others have talents, wants these to be known precisely and developed, too – even towards making it possible to collaborate.

It is this journey of seeing, feeling and doing more that brings us to ourselves and to others most fully: presence as Theory U has it, made possible by opening the mind, the heart and the will to the other:

I must know that I am, at least in part, the very thing I am seeking.^^

This works on a national scale, too, challenging so-called national pride to name precisely its talents and responsibilities, whilst also respecting and encouraging other nations to do the same, all towards a wonderful cornucopia of wonderfully original contributions.

This kind of humility is never a dead-end and always a portal of possibility for inheriting the earth.

(*Jack Turner, quoted in Terry Tempest Williams’ The Hour of Land.)
(**Annie, Dillard, quoted in Brian McLaren’s God Unbound.)
(^From Seth Godin’s blog: Two kinds of practice. I’ve altered the original “practice” to “practise.”)
(^^From Richard Rohr’s Eager to Love.)

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