I had the great fortune of interviewing a master interviewer, Krista Tippett. She let me keep her on the phone a little longer than our alotted time. When I tried to let her go, she said, “no, I’ll keep talking to you, this is good.” It was good! And encouraging to hear so from her. I imagine I felt something like Marc Maron did when he interviewed Terry Gross—like, holy shit, I am asking the questions here…what if I look like a complete bozo? I don’t think that ended up happening, but you can judge for yourself. The interview is posted HERE at The Tulsa Voice.
At the end of the interview, I asked Krista about my favorite lines from Rilke: “be patient toward all that is unsolved in your heart and try to love the questions … Live the questions now. Perhaps you will then gradually, without noticing it, live along some distant day into the answer.”
Her response brought those old (1903 old) lines in modern context. She said, “There are a lot of open questions that aren’t going to be answered anytime soon. Like, how can we make our economy humane? And about how we structure our institutions. We’ve recently opened up questions about marriage and gender and when life begins and when death begins. Those are huge questions. Once closed, now opened. We have to honor that and be comfortable with it and let it be creative and generative. The more we rush to answer and shut things down, the more we don’t solve them. These things take time. Live into them, into their fullness. That’s counter-cultural, but we don’t have any choice. Anytime we try to close a question prematurely, we set up another fight.”