be less tall

7 Feb

More practical is less practical sometimes, and being tall and connected and well-read and traveled can dull the edges of a good question. If questions aren’t coming easily, make yourself less so. Take something away. Give something away. Be less tall.

This works in the abstract. It’s beautiful, and it’s very much my “line of thinking,” as such lines go. But my mind—or my hands, eyes, and lungs, rather—struggle with what it really looks like. Anecdotes and/or hypothetical scenarios welcome.

3 Responses to “be less tall”

  1. Ruth February 8, 2011 at 5:57 pm #

    “Friends, every day do something that won’t compute…Give your approval to all you cannot understand…Ask the questions that have no answers. Put your faith in two inches of humus that will build under the trees every thousand years…Laugh. Be joyful though you have considered all the facts…Practice resurrection.” -Written by our good friend Wendell Berry (The Country of Marriage)

    But much besides trying to be in the spirit of these true contradictions… i don’t have much else to offer in the way of the physical picture.

  2. readzebra February 8, 2011 at 6:00 pm #

    a comment from elsewhere: “The face belonged on a statue peering down from a pedestal or from the second story of a cathedral, the features masterfully exaggerated by a sculptor. Words were unnecessary. Let young mortals use words. Pa Ansumana had only to lift his stately head, as black and weathered as a crag of obsidian. It said: I have survived seven decades of witchcraft. politics, cholera, floods, droughts, military coups, famine, tribal wars, railed crops, court cases, fines, squabbling with relatives, dysentery, falls from palm trees, riots, taxes, tainted water, corrupt Paramount Chiefs, poverty, thieves, deadly swears, driver ants, secret societies, yellow fever, government men, leopards, white mining speculators, intestinal parasites, the British, snakebites, chronic malaria, and bush devils… What have you done?”

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