Appreciated or not, we're
so that danger abounds when we violate our own integrity ie when we
I say that not intending to invoke guilt, shame, blame, or fear.
No, it's sage counsel, just like I'd say "Oh, I wouldn't try to
ride that bike which has wheels with broken spokes if I were you
So like those dragons guarding the temple of truth from what we may
do to it, dragons also guard each of us from what we may do to
ourselves which threatens to violate our own integrity and mundane
- that is to say, when we play small. Danger abounds when we're
that way ie when we're being anything less than who we say we are,
especially when we're justifying ie making excuses for
being anything less than who we say we are. That's when that army
of fierce fire-breathing dragons makes its
felt. It's not an ethical or a moral phenomenon. Only fools deny
noticing just how fast it happens when they play small.
Now to be crystal clear for the fastidious among us: no, there are
no such things as fire-breathing dragons! Really.
They're deployed here
pointing to observable, natural, predictable (if not unconsidered)
consequences of not
Like what? And more importantly, like how?
The way these fire-breathing dragons guard us from violating our
own integrity and mundane
is not by correcting ie by re-instating our integrity for us when
we violate it. No, it's when we do, they scorch us ongoingly,
It's what confronts us with the consequences of violating our
integrity. It renders us forced to sit up, pay rapt
and find the way to re-instate integrity by ourselves for
Don't trivialize this. The thing about trivializing being scorched
by fire-breathing dragons is we do so at our own peril. To do so,
is to miss a timely warning that we're compromising our integrity
ie that we're not
that we're playing small, that we're not being who we say we are.
Consequences of not
include the loss of affinity, a tarnished trustworthiness, and an
overall failing workability in our lives, to list three (and
arguably there are many hundreds more).
Remember this is neither an ethical nor a moral phenomenon. It's
simply don't ride the bike with the wheels with broken spokes! Not
riding that bike, is smart - given that our doing so, obviously
puts us in danger. What's not so obvious (as fire-breathing dragons
would warn us) is our doing so puts others in even