I have been so impressed with the recent Book of the Month selections. We are blessed to have leaders like the policy counsel selecting such a wide variety of books for us to learn from. The Slight edged helped me re-focus my energies on my small daily habits. The Twelve Pillars, re-lit my desire to keep the main things the main things. The Thomas Jefferson Education gave Tina and me a great deal of perspective in regards to raising and educating our children. I have just started reading Liberty and Leadership by Orrin and Chris, and I know that it promises to draw me closer to the learning fire.
The Thomas Jefferson Education book spoke of the importance of reading the classics. And I recently went to my bookshelf and pulled out a book called Thomas Jefferson’s writings. This encyclopedia-like book contains the Declaration of Independence, several writings from the Virginia House where he served, and several personal letters written over the course of 50 years. The letters have proven to be the most interesting because they open up the mind of a great man for personal inspection and perspective.
I have to admit that I have always had an issue with some of the founders on the issue of slavery. My assumptions were judgemental in the sense that I assumed that men like Jefferson were hypocritical for penning the words of the Constitution that claim unalienable rights of freedom granted by God to all men, and at the same time unjustly own slaves. I certainly love and appreciate the Constitution for its God inspired content, and I understand that those words written by Jefferson were eventually the words used to right the wrongs of slavery, but my pride and disdain of hypocrisy would never allow me to indulge in learning more about this great man.
Thank God for the TEAM book of the month program, because now I have read from Jefferson’s own hand. Sure he had some very wrong views of African Americans in this land, but he understood that the American patriots that were willing to die for their freedom, were wrong in enslaving others, and the providence of God would not allow such cruelty to continue.
So what does all of this mean to you and I building a community business? What does this have to do with Mona Vie, EMV, and our businesses? I confess that my ignorance and pride prevented me from learning from a great man, and as we build our communities we will undoubtedly sit in front of someone that will not submit to learn new things from great leaders like Orrin and Chris because of pride and ignorance. This business and our system provides an environment of learning that helps all of us break down the walls of assumptions and walk into the newness of learning.
What areas of your life do you hold the strongest opinions? Are you sure that they are correct? Do you automatically block information from a source because of assumptions? If so, have you consulted and learned from the source directly?
Thomas Jefferson was one of the greatest thinkers in the world, and his views helped establish the greatest country in the world. We can all learn from this brilliant man and brilliant men like Orrin, Chris, and the rest of the policy council.
“Never allow a man’s human flaws to blind you of his Godly righteousness.” — Raymond