Today’s Word: ‘INSANITY’ as in … we’ve been here before. Isn’t it insane?
A working definition of insanity is “doing the same thing over and over again expecting a different result.” The jury is out as to who first coined the phrase, and it certainly doesn’t matter whether or not it’s “the most over used cliché ever.” That’s just missing the point. Completely. Tied to this is the reality that whether local or global, individuals and communities that fail to do the hard work of self-reflection are doomed to repeat the same mistakes again and again.
Let me be succinct: the inability to self-reflect leads the ability to self-destruct.
Self-reflection is the only way to disrupt the rhythms that continue to sabotage our life together. The communities of Dayton, Ohio and El Paso, Texas, would want every one of us in the global community to do some deep, self-reflection.
Hearts are broken, again. Lives are shattered, again.
If even a few moments of self-reflection on our part could yield some comfort and healing for those who have lost parents, children, family members and friends, again, then every second would be worth it. I understand that this is complicated; none of the victims’ families would be comforted at all by someone saying, “Hey, let’s do some real soul searching here.” They would want movement. We must continue to press back on the insanity of doing nothing.
So friends, let’s use the thriving rhythms and do this: ask the Spirit to enliven the creativity in each of us to leverage our connections to bring sanity to the conversation. Let’s be very present to the fears that are expressed by those we know—especially the kiddos we know. Let’s be grateful for community members who generously rush into harm’s way, often putting their own lives at risk for the sake of others. And let’s make it our mission to do everything we can to bring an end to every kind of violence toward every human being. No exceptions.
To do anything other would simply be insane.