Thursday, April 12, 2012

The Voice that Speaks Inside

I often hear people say "oh, I can't do that!" in astonishment about something that morally and logically make perfect sense but socially proves impossible.  My answer is "why not?"  If something is right, decent, kind, virtuous and good, what other consideration should hold sway? 

Tolstoy talks in Anna Karenina about a girl named Kitty being initially disallowed social intercourse with certain other women because of their relative poverty or moral baseness.  All the social world of her time would have lectured her as to the impropriety of being even in the same room with a fallen woman and considered her low to even think of such a thing.  I love how Charles Dickens answers this kind of social reprimand in Oliver Twist.  A good, decent, beautiful woman finds a broken, common, fallen woman named Nancy at her door seeking to speak with her.  The servants try to dismiss the low and base specimen of humanity.  The lovely lady not only allows an interview but seeks to uplift and aid her.  Nancy answers her beautifully "if there were more women like you, there would be less like me."  Sometimes we need to stand against the status quo and listen only to what really matters.  Eventually Nancy becomes a humble martyr to the causes of goodness and right.

Shel Silverstein expresses this with perfect resonance and power in one of his many exquisite poems. "No teacher, preacher, parent, friend or wise man can decide what's right for you.  Just listen to the voice that speaks inside."

1 comment:

  1. I read something on this morning that said basically that the spirit knows whats best for us if we can quiet our mind long enough to listen.