I’ve been telling stories about Willow the last couple of days.
At age 2 Willow said, in response to me asking where some toys were “i assume they are under the tower”
At age 4 when asked what he thought about having two dads he replied “i guess i lucked out”
Also at age 4, Willow was interviewed by some NYU students on film. He was asked “Willow, what do you have to say to the world?” “More trees, less cars” he blurted out. “That’s wonderful Willow,” responded the interviewer “what else do you have to tell the world?” “Get that right and then come and talk with me again.” my son quipped. It was his last interview.
At age 6 when asked what he would say to the police if the car was stopped and he was not in the required car seat “i dont have ID, i will just lie.”
At age 8 after i told him he needed to clean his room he replied “With what authority do you tell me this?”
At age 10 on Dec 21, 2012 at the mythical end of the Mayan calendar when was asked his thoughts on the pending end of the world, he responded “I am fundamentally disinclined to believe any religious text that is found written on a wall”
One of the worlds most enduring poets is Jalāl ad-Dīn Muhammad Balkhī, a Persian sufi mystic who died in the 13th Century. The world remembers him as Rumi.
Rumi is famous for powerful quotes like the one above. And when i saw this on Facebook, i recognized it and took issue with it. I have seen many activist and organizers drop out of political work to pursue spiritual paths or personal growth and the like. This leaves those of us foolish enough to “stay behind” with even more work.
Gandhi’s famous quote is a bridge between these two paths “Be the change you wish to see in the world” [Tho Gandhi probably never said this.] One can even argue that you must start by cleaning up your own stuff, before you can be effective in influence the world. But the world is in desperate need of concerted attention and it is in no way wise to focus on yourself instead.