Have to say, I hardly know. The pace of things is such that it feels like a single thought rises and falls like a breath over the course of a week; an action, at least a month; a chain of events, seasons; … I catch occasional glimpses of people zipping back and forth as if… Continue reading What Happened Last Week?
I did that thing I haven’t done in years: I turned on the talk radio for a moment during a drive. It’s health care reform discussion, naturally—well, not health care reform so much as the usual partisan bickering. Naturally, these talk radio shows themselves thrive and thereby profit from the extreme divisiveness, so it is… Continue reading Define “Failure,” Please…
My nine-year-old son has a pre-existing condition. He’s had it since birth. It’s Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD). It’s incurable and it’s steadily degenerative. Through no fault of his own, I lost my job sometime ago. Through no fault of his own, I could not afford COBRA payments, which for a family of four were on… Continue reading A Note on Health Care Reform
Buddhists, like many religious, tout the attributes of wisdom and compassion. Some go on to make a practice of cultivating them. Unfortunately, it is easy for such a practice to lead one astray. The want or need to act compassionately itself kills compassion.The want or need to act wisely itself kills wisdom. Compassion does not… Continue reading Chasing Wisdom and Compassion
Of all the barbarous middle ages, that which is most barbarous is the middle age of man! It is — I really scarce know what; but when we hover between fool and sage, and don’t know justly what we would be at — a period something like a printed page, black letter upon foolscap, while… Continue reading Lord Byron on the Middle-Aged Man
Meditation of the Day – November 5 “You could study the ancestors, but without a deep feeling of communication with them it would be surface learning and surface talking. Once you have gone into yourself and have learnt very deeply, appreciate it, and relate to it very well, everything will come very easily.” –Ellen White,… Continue reading Wisdom Seen Elsewhere: Be Still and Know
Meditation of the Day – October 24 “We create that bad among ourselves. We create it; then we try to call it devil, Satan, or evil. But man creates it. There is no devil. Man creates the devil.” –Wallace Black Elk, LAKOTA Inside every human being are the laws and codes by which we should… Continue reading Wisdom Seen Elsewhere: Evil, and Good
On the contrary, [Lao Tzu] is trying to preach a doctrine which to Westerners seems oversubtle: that the reality of humanity and righteousness is right there in front of your nose if only you will practice them without self-conscious reflection, or self-congratulation, and without trying to explain and justify your acts by ethical theory. In… Continue reading Wisdom Seen Elsewhere: Merton on Lao Tzu
I would not have thee believe in what I say nor trust in what I do — for my words are naught but thy own thoughts in sound and my deeds thy own hopes in action. From: Khalil Gibran’s The Madman, “My Friend.” We were never sure if Grandma kept fresh batteries in her hearing… Continue reading Wisdom Seen Elsewhere: Projection
Elder’s Meditation of the Day – September 3 “Once you have achieved this oneness, when you talk, God talks; when you act, God acts.”–Chuck Ross, LAKOTA In my innermost self, I know this to be true. I know of this oneness. The more I am free of doubt, jealousy, judgment, selfishness, anger, the closer I… Continue reading Wisdom Seen Elsewhere: Who is Speaking? Who is Acting?