I was editing last night's post so much I decided to just make a new one for today.
If I embodied any one of the seven classical sins of antiquity, I think it would be Greed. There's a strong argument for Pride -- I certainly am not in the running for the 'most humble man in the world' competition -- but ultimately, I think there's a better argument for Greed.
I want it all. I want to have a 2:30 marathon time with a 600 lb. bench press. I want to climb Everest unassisted and then do the Tour De France the week after. I want to speak 7 languages, write a novel in at least 3, and that's just for starters. I'm sure once I reach those benchmarks, I'll want even more. I do not understand what it means to have 'enough.' I have one heritage. And now I want the world. One is simply not 'enough.'
But it's more than just a personal preference. In my heart, I believe that the lines are shifting, the world is changing. Sometimes there are terrible results. Consider Africa as an example. After carving up their colonies and drawing up a map without any African representatives, the continent has been plagued with violence with neither end nor reasonable hope for ending. When majorities became minorities, when the oppressed became oppressors, violence and hatred festered. And then there are other moments, much more beautiful moments. I remember when at Urbana they shared the story of how at tearful prayer meetings, Indians reconciled with Pakistanis, Palestinians with Israelis, Koreans with the Japanese. I know the emotions that pull in my heart when I read about a world leader who said that he will "never, never, never" shake hands with a Jew, finally shake hands with a Jew. Beyond oppression, beyond reconciliation, the interactions of these groups left each group changed.