Flexibility Is Life And Progress—Different Sets Of Tracks Can Lead In The Same Direction
Last week I watched President Obama’s State of the Union speech.
The Democrats all liked the speech, while some of my friends further along on the left had reactions ranging from partial approval to scorn.
This is all fine with me. While I am not President Obama’s most ardent supporter, I am on the side of all good people who want to help move our great nation to the left.
There is no point in a rigidity that excludes people on our side of the aisle.
Here is the entirety of chapter 76 of the Stephen Mitchell translation of the Tao Te Ching—
Men are born soft and supple;
dead, they are stiff and hard.
Plants are born tender and pliant;
dead, they are brittle and dry.
This whoever is stiff and inflexible
is a disciple of death.
Whoever is soft and yielding
is a disciple of life.
The hard and stiff will be broken.
The soft and supple will prevail.
Yet–of course–we must move in a hopeful direction and this does require at the least a measure of coordination.
The good news is that different sets of tracks can lead in the same direction. We see this in picture below of railroad tracks that I took in Houston last year.
There are multiple tracks, but they merge.
See who your friends and allies are and see the good in them. Focus on where you agree and move forward.
We can be both flexible and focused on a common goal.