Once upon a time there were three little pigs.
I guess most of us reading the above can fill in the blanks for themselves: you all know how the story goes. A wolf comes along, tries to get some dinner and ends up in the pot himself. Along the way the three little pigs run into a variety of problems with building regulations and planning.
But on another level entirely you can take the story as an allegory of the worlds that we build for ourselves: and the walls that we surround ourselves with. These walls are built from our own private truths, our experiences and our requirements in life.
It's only when life tests those walls that we find out how sturdy we are, how flexible we are to adapt and to change. It's in those moments, when the world is falling around our feet that we can chose to enforce our walls, make them thicker and protect ourselves from the world outside - or to step outside and face the danger and take what comes.
In the story the pigs chose to build those walls ever stronger - but by doing so they ran the risk of isolating themselves from the world outside. Did they even try negotiating with the wolf? Did they talk about their problems?
Pink Floyd touched on what i'm trying to say here on The Wall album - effectively the story of a man who becomes so trapped in his own private world that he can no longer communicate with those around him.
Sometimes being British is a pain: we have this traditional thing going back generations that when trouble comes along we bury our heads in the sand and keep going: refusing to admit our inner feelings, even to ourselves. It's in those moments that the lines are drawn in the sand: lines that become harder and harder to erase.
These are the lines that sometimes you don't even realize are there until its too late - perceptions that are formed around the "truth" of our own experience, of our beliefs and needs. But what is truth? As the old Jedi master once said "You're going to find that most of the truths you cling to depend largely on your own point of view"
So next time you're faced with a crisis, and before you start shoring up your walls and drawing those lines in the sand: take a step back - and keep talking.
For its in the silence when the lines are drawn the deepest