You surely know how the simplest thing can unexpectedly become the toughest one. And you realize that it may be just the peak of an iceberg lying somewhere deep in us, poisoning our legitimate basic human right to be happy, as a person or a group.
It happened to us HHH Fellows while putting together the usual charts of values and visions. After endless discussions, our Macedonian colleague Aleksandra seemed to finally find a solution for two problematic words in the final version. It crossed my mind: once again Alexander the Great of Macedon cuts the Gordian Knot .
But… The morning after, I feel uncomfortable. Why? Maybe because I am still clueless how my friendliest intentions during the discussion became insults. My old professor of French Semantics said: ˝Words and weapons stand too close in this world. And still Selam and Shalom both mean Peace.˝ If anybody does not understand what I mean, or even assume that I mean something bad by saying it, I am willing to explain the best I can that I mean the best.
Don’t assume, ask me, know me. Remember what our Fellow wrote here recently? ˝They say when you assume, you make an a… of you and the others too!˝ I will rather talk until I drop than let the iceberg of our mutual trust melt away. Laugh at me if you want, but I seriously will. If international dialogue was easy, we wouldn’t be here together today.
Psychological meaning of the Gordian knot is: an unsolved problem that will always make our progress difficult, mostly because we don’t want to face it. The reason is usually more painful than we want to admit to ourselves. We can only move on when we see it clearly, and we can rarely cut it without some help from someone we trust.
I found some interesting links related to the notion of the Gordian Knot to show how actual it is in many different fields and ways: from Silicon Walley Watcher to Crystalinks, Mathematical Association of America and even KaGold Jewelry.
Can we be a collective Alexander the Great for our first real Gordian Knot? It’s up to us. I am looking forward to seeing our Mission, Vision and Value Statement posted on this blog. Without any second thoughts.