As 2014 dawns, we enter our fourth year of The Vitruvian Man Blog (tVM blog). Our intention remains the same…
”To create a better world with better people.”
If this blog has made an impact, it barely registers, but we will continue one starfish at a time. If one person is better for reading one word in this blog, then the world is a better place.
One starfish at a time…
There are times when we become weary, times when we are ready to fold up our tent and bury our heads in the sand. Not an option, but the choice is there, and the choice belongs to each of us.
I’ll hold to the story that the late Father Anthony de Mello tells in his 1981 book The Song of the Bird in which he recounts an Arab fable from the mystic Sa’di. As Sa’di tells the story,
A man was walking through the forest and came upon a fox that had lost its legs. As the man pondered how the disabled animal could possibly survive, a tiger came along with meat in his mouth. The tiger sat down and had his fill. He left the rest for the fox with no legs.
The next day, God fed the fox by means of the same tiger. The man was amazed at God’s greatness and said to himself, “I too shall rest in a corner with full trust in the Lord and he will provide me with all I need.”
The man did this for many days, but nothing happened. As the starving man approached death’s door, he heard a voice say, “O you foolish man! Open your eyes to the truth! Follow the example of the tiger and stop imitating the disabled fox.”
Father de Mello concludes this brief chapter with his own short recollection:
On the street I saw a naked child, hungry and shivering in the cold. I became angry and said to God, ‘Why do you permit this? Why don’t you do something?’ For a while God said nothing. That night God replied, quite suddenly, ‘I certainly did something. I made you.’
As we journey through 2014, let each of us take the example from the tiger.
Be a Vitruvian Man, Be a Noble Person!
We applaud your quest for Kalos Kagathos.
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