(and what are “lodgers”?)
I think they are those who insist that what they think (“believe” seems to be a divisive concept for some reason) is more important than another. That another who “thinks” a certain way is less valuable because they reject the right way of thinking.
Like the “the book of Genesis is everything thinker”. Like the “anti-theist who has proved there is no-thei thinker”. Or the “creation without evolution thinkers”. Or the “if you believe in creation you are to be pitied thinkers”. And the “bible is absolute in truth and fact and in historical accuracy thinkers”. And the “bible is a pile of fiction and no one in their right mind must see any value in it at all thinkers”. Like “global warming is just another conspiracy theory thinkers”. Like the “if you disagree with global warming you are the enemy thinkers”. Like all who put “being right” before being kind – who hold “truth” to be more important than “humanity”.
And in doing so are the cause of inhumanity.
I have learned much from the natural world, much from scientific theories, much from those I disagree with, and much from those I agree with. My “truth” keeps changing as I learn more and as I journey with those I had not yet journeyed. And that will keep changing as I learn more and journey more. My truth is not permanent or proven.
My truth is belief (no matter how I dress it up or down).
But kindness and love seem to be beyond our changing “truth”. Like that certain scent which bypasses all our intellectual logical brain. Like a certain scent that goes straight to what matters.
Like: you and me – is this fair?
For that, to me, is humanity. Kindness, to me, is being fair. Just as a kick in the intellectual and/or emotional private parts is neither. Just as being discarded because “my conclusions at this part in my journey are not in complete agreement with your conclusions at this part in your journey” is not fair or kind. It is not even intelligent.
And, for me, that makes it the stuff of “lodgers”.
Who are the lodgers? Each of us – because our “truth” is an impermanent lodger. Because “this” version of truth will move out as we journey. And no matter how convinced you are right now – your truth will change.
Because if your truth doesn’t and hasn’t changed, your truth is you as a one minute old human being. And the very fact you are reading this means you aren’t. You aren’t only one minute old because you can read this post. And – because you have traveled this far – aged this much – become who you are now compared to that first minute old human being – your truth has changed as you have – your knowledge and experience has grown and grown. And THAT will continue (it must) until death.
And we can fight it. And we certainly do fight it. We say we have found truth and that truth will never change.
But how do you know that?
You only live now – not in the future.
So your truth is a lodger. And whether my “lodger” stays for ever or moves out and another moves in … it is still a lodger. Because (whether my “lodger” stays for ever or moves out and another moves in) there is always something new to learn, someone new to meet. And we can learn with kindness and meet each other with kindness, for that is being at home, that is being family, that is being fair to each. Or we can fight and stamp our feet and proclaim we have truth on our side.
We can be a lodger who thinks (“believe” still being that divisive word) we have the same rights as family. Except that is not fair to the family. And that is not kind either.
Who are the lodgers?
We all are.
But we don’t have to be.
If I allow.