Thursday, January 13, 2011

I'll Meet You There

Out beyond ideas of wrongdoing and rightdoing,
there is a field. I'll meet you there.

When the soul lies down in that grass,
the world is too full to talk about.
Ideas, language, even the phrase each other
doesn't make any sense.

-- Jelaluddin Rumi
From Essential Rumi translated by Coleman Barks

This wonderful poem is quoted by Elizabeth Lesser in her TED talk entitled Take the Other to Lunch, in which she encourages us to see the person behind the stereotype and get to know the "other" you fear or loath.

Here is her TED talk. It inspired me to try to be more open to people who believe fervently in ideas I reject. I hope you will listen closely to what she has to say.

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