Men's Group-Oct 22-Right In The Eye-Good at Looking
Greetings Men – When I was a teenager growing up in the 1960’s – remember the Beatles, hippies, flower children, cheap gas, etc. – I was fascinated by the hippie movement. A big part of being a hippie was to be different from everyone in the “military-industrial complex”. But all the hippies, while desiring to be different, all looked, acted, and yes, smelled the same. (I never figured out why bathing was considered a bad thing). While this was considered to be “counter cultural”, it was in fact a culture within itself. The Volkswagen Van was the “official” car of hippie-ites, singing incomprehensible songs (Puff The Magic Dragon) was mandatory, and frequently, strange substances were ignited and inhaled just for fun. Moreover, most were usually supported by their parents who worked hard in the same “military-industrial complex” they so shunned. Now my no-nonsense Dad would have no part of this foolishness. In fact, he insisted rather strongly that I go to college and get a job in the “military-industrial complex” so he would not have to support me the rest of my life!! But I was still most perplexed by those who wanted to be different, being exactly like everyone else in their peer group. Go figure!
Today, there are still many, many opportunities and challenges to become part of our “culture”. It is increasingly difficult to not be “conformed” or “blended in” with our surroundings. I was reminded of this recently while helping tutor one of my Grandsons in Physical Science. We took two useful things – pure fresh drinking water, and salt – the kind that goes on potato chips and pretzels and corn on the cob. We were studying how things come together and form a solution. We took a fresh glass of water and added a tablespoon of salt and stirred the mixture to form a “solute”. Now both the water and salt are good things in their own rights. But when blended together, the “solute” became neither drinkable as water or useable as a seasoning for potato chips. Good and useful things, can be rendered un-useful, if they become blended with their surroundings. Think about it!
This week, Andy will challenge us with the question “Who do you want to follow, imitate, be like, blend with?” The answer is more pervasive that it initially appears. Don’t miss this exciting next session in our series!