As a child I was fascinated with bicycles. I wanted to ride one, right Now. But I had to learn with Training wheels accompanied by plain salve and a sticky bandage.
Someone started teaching me years ago about balance but—somehow—I got side-tracked.
Three observations first, then I offer three ideas for remedy.
Since I see the near worship of Competitiveness, Winning-at-any-cost,
With Affiliation-allegiance, being a fan, as polarised dogma, “You’re either for me or against me,”
And Orthodoxy the only way to take a breath of air,
Then, I say,
Co-operation is a good alternative to conquest if modeled and shown to be an expectation,
Learn How to Compromise or haggle as a mode of human conduct,
A most efficient way to do deals,
And Seek to make friends of most folks,
And exclude few, but only the toxic.
Then, I recognise three steps toward Balancing myself acknowledging everyone a Place in this shared, present, singular, world—
Not rulers and the ruled but Equal Fellow Citizens.
In the end, I may know the intricate physics of machines, likewise the principles of inertia, thrust, and friction, yet if I do not have balance I shall never ride a bicycle.
03 December 2019