Monday, June 25, 2007


I have always been intrigued with "why" questions more than "what" questions. Recently I've been exposed to a few things that made me rethink some of that. Last night I watched Breach - an intriguing movie about the largest security breach in US history. In one scene the dialog really got me thinking. I'd be curious to know what others think about this line of reasoning too. It's probably in part because I was betrayed a few years back and I can imagine the reasons, the whys, the rationalizations. But do they really matter?

Here's the script at the film's climax.

"She asked me this morning, why you're like this? Why you grind everyone so hard?"

"I had all the answers for her."
"He's just misunderstood"
"He's just trying to fix the Bureau and no one will listen."
"He was born in the wrong century."
"His father was a jerk."

"I got a whole list."

"But you know something SIR? At the end of the day it's all crap."

"You are who you are. Why doesn't mean a thing, does it?"

"DOES IT!?!"

Friday, June 15, 2007

Calls & Responses

The purpose of calls is to summon adherents away from their daily grinds to a new level of awareness, into a sacred frame of mind, into communion with that which is bigger than themselves.

As Martin Buber has said, "living means being addressed." A call is only a monologue. A return call, a response, creates a dialogue.

This dynamic and more open perspective is like putting on a lens through which we can see our lives as a process of calls and responses.