Tis the season…to find renewal and inspiration

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by Kathie MM

 Love all God’s creation, both the whole and every grain of sand. Love every leaf, every ray of light. Love the animals, love the plants, love each separate thing. If thou love each thing thou wilt perceive the mystery of God in all; and when once thou perceive this, thou wilt thenceforward grow every day to a fuller understanding of it: until thou come at last to love the whole world with a love that will then be all-embracing and universal.’

from Fyodor DostoyevskyThe Brothers Karamazov

 

“To be hopeful in bad times is not just foolishly romantic. It is based on the fact that human history is a history not only of cruelty, but also of compassion, sacrifice, courage, kindness. What we choose to emphasize in this complex history will determine our lives. If we see only the worst, it destroys our capacity to do something. If we remember those times and places — and there are so many — where people have behaved magnificently, this gives us the energy to act, and at least the possibility of sending this spinning top of a world in a different direction. And if we do act, in however small a way, we don’t have to wait for some grand utopian future. The future is an infinite succession of presents, and to live now as we think human beings should live, in defiance of all that is bad around us, is itself a marvelous victory.”

From Howard Zinn, A Power Governments Cannot Suppress. (San Francisco: CityLights Books, 2007),p. 270.

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3 Responses to Tis the season…to find renewal and inspiration

  1. Barbara says:

    HUMANITY VS INHUMANITY: In my infinitesimal way, I choose to live in a manner that fellow human beings should indeed live in order to deserve the adjective “human.” The opposite of this term conjures up images like slavery, robbery, exploitation, and
    deceitfulness, all of which heartless behaviors can be trumped by a functioning conscience. A good conscience is unsullied by passing self-centered enticements. If all of today’s leaders possessed this simple characteristic, we surely would see the end of contentious strivings and the beginning of Peace on Earth.

  2. Gold Dust Twin says:

    For inspiration in these frightening times, I recommend listening to some of the great folk songs of an earlier era–like Simon and Garfunkel’s “Sounds of Silence.”
    https://youtu.be/–DbgPXwLlM

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