Conflicts?

At first glance, there might seem to be some conflicts and incongruities between this morning’s sermon (where I was challenging people to be heroes) and the posts of the past couple of weeks (where I’m coming to the realization that I can’t fix the world).

I’ll freely admit that I was in a different state of mind when the sermon was conceived many months ago. But I don’t think there’s a conflict.

We are called to be heroes – to go out into the world and do great things. But even the biggest hero can only do so much – he or she can’t fix the whole world. Jesus didn’t do it, Buddha didn’t do it, and I’m sure as hell not going to do it.

There is a reading in the UU Hymnal (#457, by Edward Everett Hale) that says:

I am only one
But still I am one.
I cannot do everything,
But still I can do something.
And because I cannot do everything
I will not refuse to do the something that I can do.

Including, at times, being a hero.

About John Beckett

I grew up in Tennessee with the woods right outside my back door. Wandering through them gave me a sense of connection to Nature and to a certain Forest God. I’m a Druid graduate of the Order of Bards, Ovates and Druids, the Coordinating Officer of the Denton Covenant of Unitarian Universalist Pagans and a former Vice President of CUUPS Continental. I’ve been writing, speaking, teaching, and leading public rituals for the past eleven years. I live in the Dallas – Fort Worth area and I earn my keep as an engineer.


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