Good Evening, God!
Mostly I think of growth as a slow progression from bud to fruit . . . green to ripe. Simple. Ah! But now I am finally realizing the GROWTH for Humans is much more complex. In fact, this morning it came to me that I am in need of a MOLT. And even odder yet, it is an internal relational molt — yes, within me.
I realized that I was constrained by old cultural norms. DUH! Aren’t we ALL constrained by old out dated outworn norms. Norms that have always been with us. Norms we don’t challenge. We don’t challenge and change if we don’t SEE them. So, that realization is (I HOPE) the last lesson from this Instructive Illness I’m in.
But, then another idea followed! If I as an individual need periodic Molts — how much more our society as a whole needs frequent Molts! Old ideas that are no longer helpful! Daniel Quinn’s book Beyond Civilization is FULL of molts!
The one that hit me was about how there are jobs that we do — like repaving roads and filling pot holes — that are never done. Never FINISHED. Quinn suggests that we consider HOMELESSNESS like that. We continue working to help those we can. But, then instead of “criminalizing” those we can’t help — we see HOW we can help them — as in listen to them. He starts this riff in chapter 110 and had some really good ideas. (I’m in chapter 114.)
Does acceding mean we approve of folks being homeless? Not at all. But, it does mean having a lot more variety and creativity in how we work with our fellow human beings. Hmm. I think I am going to send this to my state senator! It’s Time for a societal molt on homelessness!