The Dignity of Difference as Our Similarity: Write Shade 0819

Written by Stephen Hobbs

Two recent articles caught my attention. They are referenced below. 

The key phrase I draw from each article is:
(1) Dignity of Difference & what it means to be human
(2) Long Cycles of Social Change 

And then I thought of the trees that surround me.

I live in a park at the moment. Actually, I'm housing sitting as I take care of two dogs and a cat. 

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Each day I walk twice with the dogs in a wooded area. 

Them sniffing out who has passed by overnight or during the day.  

Me, looking at the trees and nature as it appears with a blanket of snow and -20C.

Often we walk a similar route. I want to stay close to the house in cold weather to ensure the dogs are ok. (Alright, and for me))smiles 

~~~ What it means for you and me ... 

I'm appreciate the walks because they highlight the natural cycles of seasons. I see how the different trees experience the winter. There are the coniferous like pine, fir, and spruce, and the deciduous like popular, dogwood, and alder.

With each season, they present themselves in different ways and offer different stories. 

Trees experience change with dignity. 

I approach change with dignity?
Especially social change and its long season! 

And you?

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From my head, heart, and hands ... 

Change -
My transition because of it occurs when I decide to critically examine the change and its likely outcomes ... and in doing so, I recreate a way fromward using different experiences to question the past and its influences (1). 

As I walk forward with the trees I realize the Dignity of Difference (2) as our Similarity in being human, being natural, and being for the world (3). 

I question my competence - from within
I question my challenges - from without
I question my conversations - from between
I question my commitment - from together 
I question my contribution - from beyond

I walk forward as the tree stands tall!


(1) Otherness, Belonging, and the Web of Life: The Great Nature Writer Henry Beston on Our Fellow Creatures and the Dignity of Difference 

(2) Thoreau on the Long Cycles of Social Change and the Importance of Not Mistaking Politics for Progress 

(3) Preparing online courses with Chris Thomson ... more to follow in the weeks ahead. 


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