When the axe falls

I feel compelled to share this excellent, thought-provoking piece. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

In Others' Words...

When the axe came into the forest, the trees said,
‘The handle is one of us.’
Ancient Proverb

The above quote is usually associated with a fable. There’s a Turkish version and a Macedonian version. Aesop penned one.  Sometimes it’s called the Woodsman and the Trees, sometimes it’s called The Trees and the Axe.

The basic premise is that when we sacrifice any of our human community at the altar of comfort or false security or pride or fear, when we deem ANY of our sisters or brothers to be less than or different, when we decide someone is other, we are complicit in our own destruction.  We hand our enemies the very tools they will use to harm us.

These are frightening times to be different.  These are frightening times to live at the margins.  Frankly, these are frightening times to be anything other than a straight, white…

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