I have a confession to make. I love cheesy action flicks, always have, probably always will. In one of my top 10 gifts ever received was the Die Hard trilogy on VHS. Those 3 movies (sorry Bruce the other two don’t count and lessons should have been learned from Jar Jar Binks) got me through every finals week in college. I love the absurdity, the action, the well choreographed “hey look here is a bat I can use to fend off 10 guys at once”. It is testosterone distilled down to it’s purest form.
One of the best parts of these movies is the inevitable point when the hero is surrounded and there is a pause as if everyone needs to size up the situation. That pause, that moment of reflection, that point where the hero says “here are my next steps in this fight”. It is tense but yet a certain resolved peace exists as well. The hero asks “who am I up against here” and decides the best course of action before exploding and fully committing his whole self to the fight.
While it is much more serious than a movie and I certainly do not want to make light of the horrible things that are going on around the world but it feels like that “pause with tension” moment is coming into play more and more. That people are constantly assessing the situation around them and holding on by a thread before unleashing defensive fury upon the world.
We live in an interconnected world. At the most basic level there are connections between parent and child, field and farmer, manufacturer and consumer, Government and citizens (though that one is debatable in almost every corner of the world). The list could go on and on as to the ways in which we are all connected and our solidarity should outweigh our separation.
But, here we are, living in a place of tension like an arrow drawn back in the bow, ready to release. It takes an enormous amount of trust and belief in others to release that tension and just breathe. To realize that the other is not so different than me.
We only have one life to live and living it in defensive tension of the other, the not like us, those who view the world from a completely different paradigm than us, will keep us from seeing the things that we have in common.
Let’s take a step back. Breathe in. Breathe out. Recognize that we are all in this together.
Image Credit: Solidarity by Linda Kay Isbell