Inquiry: They shouldn’t protect wolves

 

They shouldn’t protect wolves. (This is a statement oppostive of my conscious view and I take it on as a belief so I can see how it looks from that side. My uncle has that belief, or so it seems.)

  1. True?
    Yes. It feels true. I can find reasons why it is true. I can find allies who agree.
  2. Sure?
    No. But difficult to see how it isn’t.
  3. What happens when I believe that thought?
    • I get upset when people say they want to protect wolves. I feel jittery. Uncomfortable.
    • I go into stories about why they shouldn’t protect wolves. They are obviously dangerous to humans. What if wolves killed and ate their children? I am sure their attitudes would change quickly then. And what about the farmers who have livestock at risk? What about people who have sheep grazing freely? Don’t they deserve protection?
    • I experience separation. I see myself as right and them as wrong.
    • I see them as naive, having luxury opinions. City folks who have no idea about the harsh reality of nature. Put them in a different position, and their views would change in a hurry.
  4. Who would I be without it?
    • Hm… I can see that their view is helpful to keep a balance. I am more receptive to looking for solutions that acknowledge the validity in both positions. I don’t automatically make them wrong. There is more of a sense of being in it together, finding solutions together.
  5. Turnarounds.
    • They should protect wolves.
      • Well, the wolves can’t speak up for themselves, so it is good someone does.
      • They do what they see as best, although I don’t have to agree with them.
      • It is good to have varied fauna. I agree with that, as long as it doesn’t harm people.
    • I should protect wolves.
      • Hm. Well, it could make my strategy a little more effective. Maybe people would listen to me more if I acknowledge the validity of their side while speaking about my own.
      • They are living beings, so deserve life as all living beings do. I can acknowledge that.
    • I should protect them.
      • Yes, I should protect them (the ones with that view) from my own mind. From what happens with me when I belive that thought.
      • If I acknowledge the (limited) validity of their views, I can more effectively get my own across. If they feel heard, they are more likely to be receptive to my views.

Through this inquiry I get a better sense of where my uncle is coming from, and I even find I agree with his points to some extent. They have validity. I get more of a felt-sense of where he is coming from, and it is easy to see how similar we are. We both want what we see as the best solution. We both tend to stick to our initial positions. We both feel we need to protect that position.

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