Here Be Dragons … So What?


“Fairy tales are more than true: not because they tell us that dragons exist, but because they tell us that dragons can be beaten.”

Neil Gaiman in Coraline

I find this comforting, because I know that dragons exist.

The world is full of dragons, who want to breathe fire on our faces and eat us. 

Some dragons wear power suits or religious attire, while others sport business casual.

Some dragons talk using terms from economics, politics, or academia, while others claim love, even as they act in hate.

Some dragons pretend to be your friends, while others avow their hatred for you publicly and often.

Some dragons live inside our own brains or hearts

All dragons are to be feared, but must be fought and defeated if we are to live in peace and harmony.

Dragons are real, but they are not invincible.  All we need to is call on our resources:  Courage, Thoughtfulness, Critical Thinking, Active Listening, Reflection, Engagement, Empathy, Tolerance, and so on … you know, the usual stuff.

Thinking of dusting off some very old books for the afternoon in the Heartland ….