What have you made room for?
Have been thinking a lot about space and freedom and tolerance lately.
Last week I went to the premier (midnight) screening of the third of the Hobbit movies (the battle of the five armies). I found the treatment of one character in there particularly enlightening on the nature of freedom. Alfrid Lickspittle (servant to the Master of Lake Town then to Bard) is one of the more despicable characters, with few if any redeeming features, yet he is given chance after chance by many different characters (particularly Bard).
I found it a particularly interesting and profound treatment of the degree to which one can respect life and attempt to protect life and to teach, even in the face of almost pure exploitation on the part of the other.
It is a profound enquiry, the degree to which we provide others space to grow, even if they choose not to use it (for whatever reasons).
It still seems clear to me that, as a society, we could do much more to ensure that every individual has the space to grow in whatever realm they choose (rather than “Bonsai”ing them into spaces that severely limit potential). And it is clear to me that the values of the market place (the love of money) is the single greatest impediment to providing that space for all.
It is somehow profoundly disturbing to me that a society could put more effort into providing space for trees, than it does to providing space for the sapient entities of our own species.
Not that I have anything against trees, I am something of a tree hugger, and it just seems to be a profoundly distorted set of priorities.