We Set a Trap and Caught Ourselves in It

David Price
4 min readNov 29, 2023
From Eros Ferrugia

I sometimes say in sermons that the church is in need of a reformation more radical than anything Luther or Calvin could have imagined…

Art can also help us understand unthinkable things like the elemental nature of water, wind, fire and earth. We are born out of these elements and rituals can help us feel these elements are deeper within us than our thoughts. Thought can analyze the elements, but art can feel their qualities…

— Jim Rigby

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“When I was young, I had no education, but I did have this natural feeling of sorrow and compassion. Then I was recognized as the Karmapa and put on a throne, but when I think back to the genuine, unfabricated feeling I had as a child, in some ways it surpasses the compassion I can have now. I really appreciate the compassion I had then. Children, especially young ones, have an innate capacity for genuine love and kindness. We can see that when one child is crying, another starts crying too, because they recognize the feeling and naturally sympathize with it. In this way our sympathy can extend to all living beings. This does not have to do with whether we recognize ourselves as spiritual or not; it is an inborn part of being human.”

~17th Karmapa

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The primary difference between the Western and Indigenous ways of life is that Indians experience and relate to a living universe, whereas Western people reduce all things, living or not, to objects.

— Vine Deloria, Jr.

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… Enlightenment comes by doing nothing, samsara comes because you “have so many things to do.”

~ Jetsun Khandro Rinpoche

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We are industriously building a society that can only collapse under the weight of its false values. Our brave new world is starting to look like a funeral pyre. Our personal acquisitiveness is developed and maintained by our cultural mindset, and considered logical and good. The American system is trying to convince the world of this vision like any religion that tries to find converts. Is that how we banish any lurking doubts we might have?

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David Price

I write about creativity, loving, language learning and psycho/spirituality. I’m a longtime painter and reader.