Chary: (adj) cautiously or suspiciously reluctant to do something
Just for the record (since there is a record) I will tell you that I had no idea what this word meant. I am not going to don the personna of the instructor, speaking to you students in need of education.
But we certainly live in chary times.
It is now fashionable to be over-protective, overwrought, over-thoughtful, over-medicated, over-meditated, and over the moon over things that just really don’t matter.
Yet, when something of quality, value and eternal consequence comes into our presence, it is thrust into a committee meeting where we consider its value, and usually end up believing we are over-extended or that “it’s not in the direction we’re going.”
Not only do I think that we couldn’t launch a rocket to the moon in this day and age, I also think there would be some lengthy conversation on whether there actually is a moon in the first place.
We have begun to equate “cantankerous” and “knowledgeable.”
We admire those who require great thought and consideration before leaping into new possibilities.
We have developed tiny themes which we call sacred and then force everything that truly does have heavenly possibilities to fit into the confines of these little boxes.
We are reluctant. We sneer. We look askance at all nuance. We are chary.
And we make it clear that we will not be sold, intimidated or even convinced to do something unless we are in the mood.
The end result is that we never pursue anything that does not have the whiff of what we’ve already done.
So Republicans do Republican things and Democrats do Democrat things.
After accomplishing their minimal efforts, they then take the bulk of their time to criticize the competition.