Your view resonates with me about answer and response.
I struggle with the two characters, ferocity and tenderness in Rabbi Burger's approach to response, and your assertion of exclusive trait. I ask myself the question, is it possible to be tenderly ferocious or ferociously tender in leading? If so, in what context or situation(s) for one or the other?
Beautiful parable! I have a hang up doing that so freely albeit giving is in my DNA. I need to check that giving bears fruit, serving their respective causes effectively. My hang up is being mindful of the saying "The road to hell is paved with good intentions." I feel responsible for my intention not helping someone going to hell, or for that matter extending suffering. In the parable, the beggar has done well with the stone and created opportunities for others to do well. Furthermore, he has the humility to return for wisdom, and help others further.
This is a great piece that resonates with me and reflect on. For the first narrative, I grow up poor and am able to make my way to a comfortable living, thinking that everyone has equal opportunity to do as well and better. That turns out to be true for many but for reasons that elude me why not the vast majority. As a life learner, my cumulative learning fromworld history, economics, sociology and the leaders around the world led me to conclude on the second narrative while there is a chance for the third narrative. Learning from my years of volunteering in multiple organizations and roles, and the current world situation do not give me high hope of the second narrative would turn to the third in my life time.
The third narrative requires the whole chain of stakeholders in vast majority to take responsible actions instead of playing politics. Climate Change has been a well researched topic for the last forty years. UN SDG framework has been in place since 2015. I am still hopeful, looking at the glass half full with the framework, processes and tools available for world and organization leaders to adapt in their respective entities.