But don’t touch the miracle of being alive. Thich Nhat Hanh

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“At times, our own light goes out and is rekindled by a spark from another person. Each of us has cause to think with deep gratitude of those who have lighted the flame within us.” 🔥

Albert Schweitzer

“We must go far beyond any transformation of contemporary culture. … None of our existing cultures can deal with this situation out of its own resources.

We must invent, or reinvent, a sustainable human culture by a descent into our pre-rational, our instinctive resources. Our cultural resources have lost their integrity. They cannot be trusted.

What is needed is not transcendence but ‘inscendence’. — Thomas Berry

We have reached the point where our stupidity can kill us all, including the bees and all the other forms of life. We live in a tiny imaginary world that has little or nothing to do with how life on this planet actually functions. Before humans were equipped with the godlike powers of technology, their wars were local. But we now possess enough power to wipe us all from the face of the earth.

Now we can obliterate everything, and we will do so unless we evolve in fundamental ways. We need large vision, warm hearts, generosity of spirit and commitment to abundance of life.

Strange to say, that almost seems like a pipe dream when you look at humanity today. There seem to be two races of humans, life promoters and life destroyers. The life destroyers are astonishingly dedicated, hard working and ingenious, whereas the life promoters are a little feckless and ineffective on the world stage.

I keep trying to find hope, but as a recent political campaign that used the slogan “The Audacity of Hope” proved, we will be given more of the same instead of the radical change the world must have.

Is that all we can hope for — keeping the status quo?

I hope not. I realize that this issue is both individual and global, and that it has its roots in the human heart and mind, that it is maintained and fed by human blindness. But there’s no two ways about it, humans have to perceive the roots of the problem, which is in their own individual hearts.

This responsibility devolves to us as individuals. We have to learn how we refuse to see ourselves. We have to stop projecting. When we have the will to promote life, we will.

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I occasionally write fiction and also about creativity, loving, language learning and travel. I’m a longtime painter and reader.

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