Cartography

A theoretical framework is like a map. Maps are drawn from one perspective and interpreted from another. The usefulness of a map is determined by its ability to represent what we want to know and how we need to know it.

How did we navigate before there were maps? How did we find our way when we wandered into a vast stretch of unknown territory? When there was no clear road or path? When we did not even know where we were, never mind where we were trying to go? When all we had to guide us was our own sense of direction…

On such a journey, sometimes the most amazing thing we can discover is an arrangement of rocks, a marking on a tree, or a carefully placed man-made object. It is the realization that someone passed this way before us, and that person imagined others passing this way after them and made the effort to leave a sign of direction, encouragement, and solidarity.

Across time and place, we are connected to all those who came before us, and all those who will come after us. And all of our maps… whether marked in earth, charted in heaven, orchestrated as movement or sound, sketched on paper, told in a story, or described by a theoretical framework… are testaments of our faith in each other.

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