I recently heard an interview with Margaret Attwood where she said two profound things:
Fear gets more respect than love
It takes courage to be decent.
My first reaction was to question whether this was really true. And then I looked at my own experience.
I could see in myself how at times I chose ‘expedient’ over ‘love and decent.’ How I let things slide when I could have stepped up or how I ignored someone I could have helped. I have had to acknowledge my own fear and where it comes from.
But I know I am not alone in my fears. The Happy Community Project has provided many experiences for me to also test the truth of these statements.
For example, when we attempted to initiate the Adopt a Grandparent Project, one in four people would tell me that they were afraid to be a neighbour. They told me that they were afraid of being wrongly accused … Read the rest