Mayor's Corner 8/1/2019
I believe I’ve mentioned before how much I enjoy reading books by David McCullough. Currently, I’m plowing (pardon the pun) through his book, The Pioneers. My sister, Janet, suggested I read the book. Lately, we’ve been talking about one of our ancestors who fell off the Mayflower. Fortunately for me (and himself), he was rescued. Otherwise, I guess I would fade away right now as I am writing about it.
But I digress. The McCullough book talks about the pioneer settlers of the Marietta, Ohio area and describes some amazing challenges. It’s an important and dramatic chapter in the American story. It speaks of preparation or in this case, the lack thereof, with the associated disastrous results.
It also calls to mind another favorite book, Give Your Heart to the Hawks by Win Blevins. Blevins explains that understanding another culture, one that you and others see as primitive and in much need of saving or removing, is like unraveling a Gordian Knot. It’s nearly impossible!
Both books help me to realize that truly understanding another person’s point of view is virtually impossible. We rarely, if ever, are able to “walk a mile in another’s moccasins.” Expecting someone (or everyone) to look at things the same way that you do is unrealistic, even if they have been with you through life’s journeys. We all develop different conclusions.
My hope here is to get us to come to a full stop at some point and simply admit that if our experiences were exactly the same as another fellow, we would still likely see most things in life in a different light and with a different perspective.
There are so many things we can agree on. We should devote our time to these things. Let’s not waste our time trying to impose our individual points of view on others. Instead, let’s look and work for the common good. Something within will whisper to us the truth, and that impossible knot will unravel and slip away.Mayor David Ogden