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I Choose to be Good, but I Refuse to be Boring and Safe

“Is – is he a man?” asked Lucy.

“Aslan a man!” said Mr. Beaver sternly. “Certainly not. I tell you he is the King of the wood and the son of the great Emperor-Beyond-the-Sea. Don’t you know who is the King of Beasts? Aslan is a lion, the Lion, the great Lion.”

“Ooh,” said Susan, “I thought he was a man. Is he – quite safe? I shall feel rather nervous about meeting a lion.”

“That you will, dearie, abd make no mistake,” said Mrs. Beaver; “if there’s anyone who can appear before Aslan without their knees knocking, they’re either braver than most or else just silly.”

“Then he isn’t safe?” said Lucy.

“Safe?” said Mr. Beaver; “don’t you hear what Mrs. Beaver tells you? Who said anything about safe? ‘Course he isn’t safe. But he’s good.

C.S. Lewis, The Lion, The Witch, & The Wardrobe

In so many unfortunate ways, we have become a nation of boring people. The human species is inherently creative and unfathomably interesting. Yet, the complex, nuanced, beautiful, and sometimes messy stories that make us who we are all too often go untold because of the high price that seems to come with having a perspective.

One of the reasons I’ve always been drawn to the arts is because they remind us that we are essentially storytelling creatures, that we can’t be who we truly are unless each of us exercises the courage to be faithful to the reality of our own unique narratives. But we don’t need to be professional artists to change the world. Through entrepreneurship, innovation, technology, collaboration, simple conversation, and small acts of love, we can reclaim our rightful place as revolutionaries and creators.

We weren’t made to be cookie cutter personalities who all say and do the same things in order to avoid being misunderstood. We were made to let the brilliant and sometimes disturbingly blinding light of our individuality shine. This is what it means to live authentically. This is what it means to be a human being.

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