Monday, April 14, 2014

think of the person who has most let you down . . . .

Think of the person who has most let you down…. Now forgive in yourself what you can’t forgive in this other.

I am the person who has most let me down.

Friday, April 11, 2014

the key to succeeding in a relationship

The key to succeeding in a relationship is not finding the right person; it’s learning to love the person you found.

This is exactly what Steiner is addressing in his 'Faithfulness' quote I have posted many times on this blog. Here is it again, because it is always worth meditating on:

Create for yourself a new, indomitable perception of faithfulness. What is usually called faithfulness passes so quickly. Let this be your faithfulness:

You will experience moments.... fleeting moments.... with the other person. The human being will appear to you then as if filled, irradiated with the archetype of his spirit.

And then there may be.... indeed will be.... other moments, long periods of time, when human beings are darkened. But you will learn to say to yourself at such times: "The Spirit makes me strong. I remember the archetype. I saw it once. No illusion, no deception shall rob me of it."

Always struggle for the image that you saw. This struggle is faithfulness. Striving thus for faithfulness, we shall be close to one another, as if endowed with the protective powers of angels.

Monday, April 07, 2014

❝ Let's Forget Any Pretense of Being a Democratic Society ❞ ▬ Noam Chomsky

Spending money is not free speech. Let's forget any pretense of being a democratic society.
Noam Chomsky

Noam Chomsky "Spending Money Is Not Speech" - Abel Collins interview at MIT - October 8, 2013

"On the day McCutcheon v FEC was heard before the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS), I sat down for an interview with Noam Chomsky to ask him about the case and a host of other issues.

Imagine David and Charles Koch or George Soros stepping into any political race and directly showering their pet candidate with however much money it will take them to win. The result would be an assortment of politicians utterly enthralled by the ultra wealthy. It is a nightmare scenario for our democratic republic.

Saturday, March 01, 2014

behind every relationship problem. . . by the Hendricks

Well, some relationship problems need more than ten-minutes of conversation to heal. If you never have real talks, especially if you fall into the trap of communicating almost entirely by email, and you let shit build up for years, ten-minutes is not going to be enough, eh?

Friday, February 28, 2014

A Brief for the Defense by Jack Gardner

A Brief For The Defense by Jack Gilbert.  Gilbert started out in San Francisco, lived abroad much of his life and recently passed away from his home in Berkeley.This poem is fierce, getting up in our faces to remind us of all the sorrow and suffering there is in the world, but the poem insists that God wants us to enjoy our lives, insists that pleasure matters even when babies are starving somewhere.  It's fierce but that is why I love it.  As Jack Gardner says below "To make injustice the only
measure of our attention is to praise the Devil". Powerful thoughts.

A Brief for the Defense.

Sorrow everywhere. Slaughter everywhere. If babies
are not starving someplace, they are starving
somewhere else. With flies in their nostrils.
But we enjoy our lives because that’s what God wants.
Otherwise the mornings before summer dawn would not
be made so fine. The Bengal tiger would not
be fashioned so miraculously well. The poor women
at the fountain are laughing together between
the suffering they have known and the awfulness
in their future, smiling and laughing while somebody
in the village is very sick. There is laughter
every day in the terrible streets of Calcutta,
and the women laugh in the cages of Bombay.
If we deny our happiness, resist our satisfaction,
we lessen the importance of their deprivation.
We must risk delight. We can do without pleasure,
but not delight. Not enjoyment. We must have
the stubbornness to accept our gladness in the ruthless
furnace of this world. To make injustice the only
measure of our attention is to praise the Devil.
If the locomotive of the Lord runs us down,
we should give thanks that the end had magnitude.
We must admit there will be music despite everything.
We stand at the prow again of a small ship
anchored late at night in the tiny port
looking over to the sleeping island: the waterfront
is three shuttered caf├ęs and one naked light burning.
To hear the faint sound of oars in the silence as a rowboat
comes slowly out and then goes back is truly worth
all the years of sorrow that are to come.