Why Green Eggs and Ham?

Two things occurred to me this week regarding this blog. One, I have not posted anything in six months. Two, people might wonder why I named my blog “Green Eggs and Ham.” I don’t know that I ever expounded on that when I began this endeavor years ago.

I am Sam. Well, what else can I say? That’s my name. Lines from the old Dr. Seuss book pop into my head now and then, especially when a situation requires me to supply my name. Sam-I-am was the character who pursued the other guy through the rain, on the train, in a park, in the dark, in a box, with a fox… and on and on until the poor guy relented and tried the green eggs and ham.

Toward the end of the book, Sam-I-am says to the other guy:

You do not like them.
So you say.
Try them! Try them!
And you may.
Try them and you may I say.

And the other guy says, wearily:

If you will let me be,
I will try them.
You will see.

So the guy tries green eggs and ham, and discovers, much to his surprise, that he likes them. And he will now eat them in the rain… and all those other places repeatedly mentioned in the story.

So I thought, years ago when I began writing this very irregular blog, that I would be like Sam-I-am, although hopefully not so annoying, and invite people to try some new ideas, sharing my perspective which I hope is open and inclusive, contemplative and gentle, yet applying some critical thinking and spiritual perspective to the events of this increasingly frantic and fractious world.

The Franciscan priest and contemplative teacher, Richard Rohr, has pointed out (as I imagine have other wise teachers) that in order to transcend dualistic thinking and come to unity, first one must discern, identify, categorize, and judge, in order truly to see what is. Then, through listening, humility, prayer and contemplation, to come to a new, more unitive perspective.

I hope in this blog to offer some of that work from my own experience and location here in Central Upstate New York. And maybe, I hope, you will say, “I do so like green eggs and ham! Thank you! Thank you, Sam-I-am.”

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