What Do You Need?

We’ve acknowledged that the problems are big, now what is the big solution? When you ask the question, “what is the big answer,” then you are implying that we can impose the answer. But that is the problem we are in to start with. We’ve tried to impose the answers. The answers will come not from walking up to your farm and saying, “this is what I want, this is what I expect from you,” you get up and you say, “what is it you need?” And you commit yourself to say, “alright I’m not going to do any extensive damage here until I know what it is you are asking of me.”

-Wendell Berry

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“What do you need?”
Is a question that often eludes us
Yet, it is all around us
But we cannot see it
We are too busy
We are too important
We are too righteous

In a world full of problems
Asking questions is far too difficult a task
It requires too much patience
We are too busy
We are too important
We are too righteous
For “what do you need?”

Why should one ask such a question
When they know for a fact the answer
We don’t need to ask questions when
We are too busy
We are too important
We are too righteous
For “what do you need?”

We are creative, innovative
At times, perhaps too much so
That we have neglected the ever-important question
“What do you need?”
In favor of fixing the problem ourselves
Without regard for the crier’s plead
We are too busy
We are too important
We are too righteous
For “what do you need?”

Well then, where in the world is “what do you need?”
Isn’t it everywhere?
In all that is sacred
In all that has been created
From the voices of those behind bars
Those on the street corners
Those who are sick
To the voiceless trees in the woodlands
The swarms of fish in the seas
The beautiful wings of the air

Surely we must ask the sacred what they need
We think we are too busy
We think we are too important
We think we are too righteous
For “what do you need?”
Yet we forget we are but dust
And to dust we shall return

So next time you are creative
Next time you want to do the fixing
Next time you want a solution
Ask the sacred what it needs
For it might be far different than you perceive

And remember, next time you think you are
Too busy
Too important
Too righteous
Next time you see yourself as king
I’ll let you in on a little secret
Dust ain’t too busy for anything

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