Thursday, August 03, 2006

In the Wilhelm/Baynes translation of the I Ching, it says that it's okay to withdraw from the affairs of the world if you do so in order to work to "create incomparable values for the coming age."

Oh, right.

But it's true that there's only so far I can go in responding to the strangely familiar stupid hurting of people, of everything.

At some point, it's good for some people to hang back a bit from the dialog started by the stupid hateful habit, and find what might be truly different.

Not everyone who tries to do that will be successful. Several somebodies have to try for some of us to succeed some day.

Different will look so different that at first many of us won't be able to see it.