Driving home from school today listening to Ben Howard’s ‘Every Kingdom’ when the lyrics of ‘the fear’ caught my attention. Have a listen:
Just in case you missed it, the line quoted in the title is this:
I’ve been worrying that we all live our lives in the confines of fear
You will know that I’ve been thinking a lot recently about our beliefs and how they shape our worldview. Put simply – what we believe shapes how we live. It’s obvious and yet deeply profound.
If we make fear and separation the mainstays of our beliefs, we will live in fear and self imposed separation.
We point out what makes us different and we try to keep it that way. We tell people that they must be like us, or they’re not allowed in. We reject, and we deeply harm ourselves by doing so.
If we make hope and inclusion what we’re about, we will live hope and inclusion.
We reach out to those least like us and invite us to join with us as we join with them. We show something different that’s worth joining in. We accept and although that may at times be tough, it’s a price worth paying.
‘The fear’ features another powerful line later on:
I will become what I deserve
We fear, we become afraid.
We hope, we become hope.
Hope blows apart.
Does that make sense?