Freedom supports diversity, as differences nourish freedom
Complexity engages mixtures, such as salt and pepper seasonings
Containing good and bad, strong and weak, or just
Good, better and best, or bad, worse and worst – each unique
Common good asks us to discern an optimal balance in mixtures
Of loves, wants, needs, values, dislikes, fears and hates
With subtle questions of sustainability and limits
All points wrestle for full consideration when people make decisions
Freedom involves choices, to act or do nothing,
Talk or listen, deplore, ignore or explore differences
Blame or influence others, compel or collaborate with them
Focus on defects or appreciate the robust flavors of people
Sustainable freedom calls for the responsibility of wisdom
To hear the small voices among the loud clamoring
To recognize and appreciate the polarities from a range of possible ideas
On a joined journey to face obstacles and agree on solutions
Why is this so hard for me, and you, to be constructive role models?
Must we always be right or hold on to only what is or what we know?
Could we be more flexible at the boundaries of our desired relationships
To find the Peace in optimal balances of mixed interests?
Could it be that we are called to share, by the One to Whom we all belong,
To affirm the innate goodness of each other, be we salt or pepper?
Peter W. Tarlton Sweet Speed Lane, Deer Isle, Maine July 22, 2019