Given my choice of leaders, not to mention character names, I'm following Hazel. I mean, could YOU convince folks like Hawkbit and Buckthorn to leave the warren for greener, umm, warrens? Or understand the wisdom of Fiver, rescue the impetuous Bigwig, or outwit the evil General Woundwort (just to toss in a few other favorite character names)? Probably not.
I first met Hazel the night somebody handed me a copy of "Watership Down." Started reading. It was about 8 PM. Said to myself, this book is about RABBITS. I'm certainly not going to read a whole book about RABBITS. Got to the second page, never put it down, finally got to sleep about 4 AM.
Nobody comes right out and says so, but Hazel's dad might have been listening to a You Tube video -- or maybe a 45 rpm -- of Johnny Cash singing "A Boy Named Sue" . Hazel, though, didn't have a guitar, and perhaps that's how come he managed to stay quite gentle in the face of mortal threat. And through all that, to keep the faith.
Some days we could use a little Hazel.
Causes Fran Johns Supports
Compassion & Choices of N.CA
San Francisco Interfaith Council