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.

tigerThe 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.


13 Responses to About this project …

  1. James Barclay says:

    After all these years shaking my fist at God and saying I would not believe in a god who allowed evils to happen I realized that He made me to do something about evil by replacing it with good. it puts the responsibility squarely upon me to do the good in the face of other humans, not God, who perform the evils. This a very tough and clear wisdom that condemns no one, removes the blame and guilt and redirects all energies to the righteous. It is unassailable logic.

    • tVM says:

      I believe you have broken a major code, James. It’s all about choices. I have an obligation to my fellow creatures to do the right thing, to make the right choices that will benefit all. The choices are not as difficult as we are led to believe. Too bad some folks don’t see it that way. Those are the selfish ones who always want to know, “What’s in it for me?” when they should be asking, what can I do for you? Thanks for the comment.

  2. Dean L. Strycker says:

    I will not ask who, I only ask what. That is enough in this troubled world.

    • tVM says:

      When asked “What is wrong with the world,” G.K. Chesterton answered, “I am.” In his 2012 documentary “I AM,” film maker Tom Shadyac concludes, “Twenty years from now when someone asks me ‘What’s right in the world,’ I will answer, ‘I AM.'”

  3. Arturo Jacoby says:

    Samuel L. Clemens (bka Mark Twain) said:
    Don’t go around saying the world owes you a living. The world owes you nothing. It was here first.
    I would add: Is your responsibility inherit it to your descendants in the best shape possible.

  4. Paul Knott says:

    As our parish priest reminds us with every bulletin, “Without God, we cannot; without us, God will not…” St. Augustine

  5. A friend says:

    This post is ever so important to those of us raising young children. Nobility must be taught and exemplified from day one. Not a simple task, but a necessary one.

  6. Arturo Jacoby says:

    BRAVO! You hit the point: everybody is able to change the world, from any point he/she is in this right moment. Small or large, any contribution to the change should be welcomed, even if goes wrong, because it will teach you the rigth experience to avoid your wrong election.

  7. Whoever told you that you can’t change the world is an idiot. Can you single handedly stop all pollution tomorrow? Unlikely. But you can still change the world. Becuase changing the world doesnt have to mean a big thing or a small thing necessarily, it’s just making some change. You can kick a dog and make a little change for the worse, or you can give money to a homeless person and make a little change for the better. Up to you. But either way, like you said, you can change the world for the better or worse every. Single. Day.

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