The Fertile Ground of Bewilderment was the title of a speech I gave at St. James Church in London. I'm sharing it with you all because it was such a high-energy event and I ventured into territory I haven't brought into public speaking before. I even went a little into the election here, which portends our own moment of bewilderment as long-established certainties disintegrate. Anyway, there was a kind of magic in the air that evening. The church was packed with people of all ages and races. The light in people's eyes and the emotion on their faces was definitely not consistent with the stereotype of repressed British people!
Bewilderment. A very bad thing if it is a diversion from what you know to do. But when the honest truth is that you don't know, then to admit that and to succumb to the unknowing is a necessary stage of the process of letting in a new understanding. I think our civilization is approaching this moment of humility. We are obviously not quite there yet though!
You can read a transcription of this talk here. Thank you to Rachel Wakefield!