Miriam Webster – definition 2 of hybrid : a person whose background is a blend of two diverse cultures or tradition.
I absolutely identify with this definition. Especially if I could tweek it to say “two or more.”
How I am a hybrid? I enjoy military service, but I also enjoy my civilian life. I love my hometown of New Orleans. But I also greatly value my time away from the city. I am a Presbyterian. Yet, I feel it was theologically enriching and vital to have spent part of my life outside of the Presbyterian church. I am conservative when it comes to origins (I see tremendous value in our past, ‘warts and all’, love reading history, and believe some moral, patriotic, and intellectual greats are a part of all of our heritage). I am a liberal when it comes to applying our blessings (I see us viewing ourselves as more generous than we often actually are, especially today). I am a Calvinist when it comes to human nature. I believe we have a ‘design flaw’ and it manifests itself in different ways in each of us. Yet, I also believe that together we can help guard against these flaws and reach great heights. I think the Bible is God’s Word to us. But I think we miss the point if we read many parts of it too literally. I think we are living in a pivotal age. Yet, I think in this age we are letting go of important parts of our heritage. I love time by myself to read, think, and write. Yet, the most important experiences I have is with others.
Do you view yourself as a hybird? Do you see different parts of your heritage, experience, and views as diverse but also mixing together?
Food for thought on Easter Tuesday.