The end of wisdom is to dream high enough not to lose the dream in the seeking of it. William Faulkner
When we find ourselves dealing with those who resist a worldview that’s based in mutuality, how do we respond?
We could become confrontational. After all, aren’t we convinced that this is the direction our civilization must move? Not just to thrive, but to survive at all? What we’re seeking is the good of the whole, isn’t it?
There are times when we need to “draw a line in the sand” and speak with confidence. But we also need to always keep the dream of a Golden Rule world in sight while we work toward its realization. It would be easy to get lost in the nitty gritty of the details as we engage in the daily tasks and make the day-by-day decisions that move us as individuals and a society toward our goal.
To mangle a bad metaphor, we need to hold the Golden Rule high enough that when we’re feeling lost in the woods of the everyday, we can look up and remind ourselves what it’s all about.