In a Dark Time the Eye Begins to See

In a dark time, the eye begins to see,

I meet my shadow in the deepening shade;
I hear my echo in the echoing wood …

Theodore Roethke

If I ever needed this belief I certainly need it now.

And I have needed it many times in my life. I constantly needed it when I served in Viet Nam, I usually needed it when I worked as a caseworker, I sometimes needed it when I taught, and I desperately needed it when I got divorced and lost custody of my two precious children.

And I firmly believe that we need this belief as a society if we are going to transcend the events that now threaten to overwhelm and transform our society.

For unless we begin to see the truth about ourselves and the effect that we have on the world, I fear that we are going to transform our world into a place where few of us will want to live.

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