I read recently that constant solicitude regarding the physical welfare of our near friends and the fear that something adverse might befall them, starts currents that actually tend toward that which is feared. I have to think about that one, and I wonder what Tom’s Sufi wisdom would say. It’s hard to believe that one could care too much about our friends, but on the other hand I know that sometimes parents can be over-protective. They become so afraid that there child might fall down, get bruised, or be exposed to bacteria, they in fact create a bubble around their child that can becomes unhealthy. A few cuts, scrapes, and burns seem to me to be a part of learning and living. I’ve always said I’d rather have a Supreme Court Judge who has known failure and pain rather than have lived in an academic ivory tower, but certainly Congress and the Ivy Leagues disagree.
It seems to me that we all need to work toward an attitude of trust in the ripening and growing good of all things. Pure optimistic ideals are the great saving elements of humanity.