21 Jan

Pretend that IT is not there.  Avoidance.  Non-confrontational.  Evading truth.  Have you ever said to someone who you thought had slipped into one of these categories, “You are like an ostrich, with his head in a hole in the sand?”  Where did we get the metaphor of the ostrich?  People will put their head in a bucket, figuratively, and retreat to a pretend happy place of escapism, but ostrich?  Do they really do that?

Maybe people who live in a land where the non-confrontational ostrich roam the African plain looking for places to hide its eyes so it can’t see the whole truth of what is really going on around it…maybe they would know.  So I asked an Ethiopian, “Do ostrich really do that?”  Have you ever seen or heard of an ostrich being chased by a predator, or running from a brush fire, stopping for tea at his groundhog-friend’s abode?  Let the world go somewhere in a hand basket…at least I’m safe, he thinks because he cannot see.  My Ethiopian friend thought I was nuts for asking a question like that.  He had never heard of such a thing.  So I followed with another question, Do people in Ethiopia ever “look for a bucket”, or is that a unique American phenomenon.

Are you kidding, was the response, this is Chigger Yellum Land.  We wear our cultural buckets proudly over our ears and eyes because many of the truths of our existence are very hard to bear.  But why would American’s do that.  When Ethiopians hide in the baldi bucket we surround ourselves with the dreamland of America.  What are Americans looking for when they wear the baldi helmet?

For some it is safety, I said.  Certain Americans’ hope is in remaining safe from all possible consequences.  If they cannot find a bucket they just follow the lead of the ostrich in the photograph…walking out of the picture.  But Americans with a strong faith are not like that, they “take the bull by the horns” and look for a way to make things better, sharing hope with hearts.  He liked the bull saying a lot better than the ostrich saying.  In reality, we each decide which saying we like better.

2 Responses to “Osterich”

  1. Carol Klopfenstein January 21, 2012 at 2:23 pm #

    At times I tell Dennis I want to be like the ostrich- it is too hard to bear all the negative things happening in this great country of ours- I say “what can I do about it?”- good thoughts- thanks, Carol

  2. Sarah Fiechter January 22, 2012 at 12:31 am #

    AMEN!! Love this…

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