Inherit the Wind

untitled, monoprint, 1993, 30" X 22"

untitled, monoprint, 1994, 30" x 22"


I watched an old Spencer Tracy film last night called “INHERIT THE WIND.”

From the Bible: Proverbs
11:29 “He that troubleth his own house shall INHERIT THE WIND: and the fool shall be servant to the wise of heart.”

The theme was Evolutionism and Creationism.

I find it interesting to watch old films take on big ideas..

There is a void of the smokescreen of sophistication and we are able to see clearly and laugh at the innocence of it all.

Because NOW WE KNOW BETTER what our forefathers grappled and groped to discover.

Newness is messy.

And inconvenient.

Because we are a species which LOVES TO KNOW WHAT WE KNOW…

And PLEASE don’t have the audacity to tell us different!

Have we actually come that far from the 1960’s film spouting fundamental bible-thumping vs. heretical free thinking?

I have a lot of people in my life who care deeply for me and are rooting for my healing.

I honestly can not imagine this gritty road without the solace of their support.

My particular healing choices seem to push people’s buttons.

I sense there is the occasional backstory of: “Why can’t she just stick with western medicine?”

Or this: “Does she have to keep skipping around from one healing mode to another? Why not just pick one and stick with it?”

Or: “Her walking seems to be getting worse. She has THAT kind of MS where there is no cure. Oh dear..”

Don’t get me wrong.. I am not in judgement here.

Just noticing that there are comfort zones we prefer to stay within.

Confines that help us relax into complacency, myself included.

The fact is that we DON’T know too much.

We like to think we do because it feels good.

Religions are formed around contemporary cultural valium pills; spirituality, health and politics to name a few.

Really, do things have any chance for change if we are not DIRECTLY AFFECTED by them?

If your leg stops doing what you want it to do, previously held beliefs may be dropped in favor of possibility.

If water stops coming out of the faucet, you can bet you’d leave your complacency about the earth’s precious resources at the corner.

The thing I have come to know is the power of the very state of duality we all share on this planet.

When I am FORCED outside my comfort zone, I see that I love life so much that I kick and scratch my way toward any threads that light up for me indicating the possibility of someTHING outside my sphere of knowledge that will give me more of that thing called LIFE.


And because I am putting myself first for once in my life, I have absolutely NO APOLOGIES for any mess which ensues.


2 Responses to “Inherit the Wind”

  1. Laura Hegfield on February 17th, 2010

    life is very messy…and oh so wonderful. Being uncomfortable, is what makes us grow…like a butterfly in a chrysalis…change is inevitable, necessary. Sometimes our choices look really crazy to others, but we have to do what we feel is right in the moment.

  2. Caitlin on February 19th, 2010

    Of course dear Cathy,
    You must put yourself first!
    Love the notion of diamonds from ashes – a friend actually had that done w/2nd hubby’s ashes – so his kids could remember him.
    And oh, it’s hard to remember that much is said w/out intention of harm – but the words slip out – and the pain is ours.
    So hard to remember to say, “Thanks for thinking of me” and …
    well, we make our choices!
    Love Caitlin

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