even birds

i was thinking about the last post, after a read a story about a man who was sitting with a famous botanist in a field. they were looking at a tree just in front of them when the botanist remarked, "i would like to know something about that tree." he of course knew everything to know about that tree inside and out from a systematic and scientific viewpoint. but he did not know that tree. what was its experience? what had it seen? and no, cutting in down and counting the rings isn't going to solve any of those problems.

i feel like i projected this on my last post, from what i know of blue jays (nasty, mean birds) and cardinals (personally sympathetic because they are my mother's favorite birds).

i think i've been found saying that i want to orient my life around truth. the last thing i want to do is be living a lie. that requires tough questions--of that i at least say i'm willing. it also requires docility--posturing yourself to learn from others. that i also will always try to do. but it also requires seeing the world outside of the conceptions that you have of it. taking things simply for what they are, what you see in front of you.

we make assumptions of all kinds, all the time. we have to in order to get through the day. but maybe simplicity answers that there are far more important things than getting through the day. i'm sure that on so many levels i don't even know where i am blinded. it's a good thing i have a God who sees all, and i look to him questioningly with the eyes of a child.

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