Four came for a visit Sunday evening on the occasion of New Years Eve. We ventured to the Walkplatz to watch the lights and fireworks. Over coffee and a bit of chocolate, our conversation turned to “The circus” and why we are who we are. Why do we value mastery of skill above all else?
Arnold and Mitchell were thought to be crazy because they believed that an aircraft could actually sink a boat. They demonstrated the skill of focus, belief and a willingness to standup for what they believed. Richthofen, arguably the best pilot of his age, was clearly a master of aerial combat, he was also a master of the human condition and psychological warfare. These are the people we fashion ourselves after.
To quote four, “Isn’t Love more important than skill? Isn’t friendship more important? Why are we not the John Lennon Society? All you need is Love, right? Also, It’s okay to be friends with someone who doesn’t do anything well!”
I wonder if I could be friends with someone who didn’t know how to do anything well. I honestly, don’t know anyone like that. In my mind, I believe that everyone has a super power. You might laugh at some of the super powers, but everyone has one thing that they are probably the best at in a one mile radius.
Four said I was missing the point.
After a bit, we moved on to the idea that amassing a Society based solely on the collection of skills was detrimental to the human condition. That we had become more focused on learning and practicing, than living.
I believe who we are does not preclude any of these things. I argue that the nature of who we are produces these things in abundance.
I know that I love Four, and that Love is a direct result of WHO she is. But who is she? She is the best striker. She is best at being moody, because even when she is moody, she is beautiful. She is the killer-queen when it comes to her one-liners. And, in the middle of the night, she makes the best doughnuts while everyone else sleeps. She is the best, and so she is Four and I love her.
I told her this…
And she said, “Yeah, but you’re still missing the point.”