It is impossible to not approach this week without addressing what is happening in the United States. People are protesting all over North America and the world for the death of George Floyd who was in police custody in Minneapolis.
This is not about who has had a more difficult personal life than someone else. It is about how people are treated differently and judged by the colour of their skin. Black Lives Matter does not discount that Women’s Lives Matter or Native Lives Matter or Everyone’s Life Matters. It is that RIGHT NOW we need to focus on Black Lives. RIGHT NOW, Black people are dying. When things change in our society so that every Black person can feel safe with our communities, with our police, with our courts, with our governments, then EVERYONE will be safer.
For some of us when we think about Life, the Universe and Everything, the answer 42 comes to mind from the popular book Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams. Just like in the books, defining our life and life purpose is more than just the answer. It involves also knowing the questions behind our purpose.
Consider when you meet someone new. How do you introduce yourself to help the other person understand who you are? Many of us define ourselves by what we do or who we are connected to. What happens when those things that have defined us are suddenly gone? How many, even recently, have lost their jobs? Many that I have worked with have lost their family and community. And many have lost the person who defined who they thought they were. Suddenly the way we define who we are and what our purpose in life is can be pulled out from under us.
I thought I would approach this subject in a slightly different way and continue the art of storytelling by encouraging you to watch the video attached to this post. Hopefully, I will do justice to Joseph Campbell while I recount the journey of our hero, as she finds her purpose. Here is the story of Karry.
This morning my father sent an email to my uncle, and in that correspondence, he sent a photograph of a jar of extremely clear maple syrup. The comment he put in there was: “this may be the only clarity we have for a while”.