Inter-belief Conversation Cafe: Can the lion lie down with the lamb?
Protection of the weak is a core value of human society. The police protect the public from crime; the military protects us from enemies foreign and domestic. People can sleep at night because hard men and woman do harsh things on their behalf. Isn’t protecting lambs a core government function? But are all lambs protected equally? Do some lambs fear that protectors may become persecutors? Does the Black Lives Matter movement call out the contradiction between what law enforcement should be doing and what it actually does? But is crime addressed by social workers, mental health professionals, and promoters of virtue? Does some violence have to be met by violence? But does the concept of “an eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth” leave society blind and toothless? What pain must some in society suffer so that others have security?
Aren’t lambs being unreasonable in expecting lions to act like anything but lions? Why should warriors listen to civilian whiners or let themselves be shipped to The Hague for war crimes trials? Is Lin Wood correct that the strong man like the lion does not care what lambs or other sheep think? Does this echo the Bible or Friedrich Nietzsche and even Mein Kampf? Is there a need to be perceived as virtuous which acts as a filter in what we say? Does this mean that no matter how we act we wish others to think we cherish the virtues lauded by Isaiah? Do we want to see ourselves as peacemakers not warmongers? Can we transform this sentiment into a true quest for virtue? Would we rather be perceived as strong or good? Is society better off if we listen to the lambs as often as the lions? In a crisis who is the better leader?
On Monday, January 18 from 7-9 PM Inter-belief Conversation Café will meet by Zoom to discuss there can be lions and lambs in the same field without there being an unfortunate picnic. Our agreements of open-mindedness, acceptance, curiosity, discovery, sincerity, brevity, and confidentiality hopefully will let ferocity and gentleness exist together. A virtue of Zoom is that no one is likely to be devoured during our meeting! Zoom link: http://www.zoom.us/j/99973128471