The mind, nanola, by which term intelligence, power of discrimination, capacity for learning magical formulae, and all forms of nonmanual skills are described, as well as moral qualities, resides somewhere in the larynx….The memory, however, the store of formulae and traditions learned by heart, resides deeper, in the belly….The force of magic, crystallized in the magical formulae, is carried by men of the present generation in their bodies….The force of magic does not reside in things; it resides within man and can escape only through his voice.
Trobriands, New Guinea
Silence becomes cowardice when occasion demands speaking out the whole truth and acting accordingly.
Long enough have you dream’d contemptible dreams,
now I wash the gum from your eyes,
you must habit yourself to the dazzle of the light
and of every moment of your life
I know it not, O Soul;
nor dost thou — all is a blank before us;
all waits, undream’d of, in that region — that inaccessible land.
Then we burst forth — we float,
in Time and Space, O Soul — prepared for them;
equal, equipt at last — (O joy! O fruit of all!) them to fulfil, O Soul
These things will destroy the human race:
politics without principle, progress without compassion,
wealth without work, learning without silence,
religion without fearlessness and worship without awareness.
Anthony De Mello
Civil disobedience is not our problem. Our problem is civil obedience. Our problem is that people all over the world have obeyed the dictates of leaders…and millions have been killed because of this obedience…Our problem is that people are obedient allover the world in the face of poverty and starvation and stupidity, and war, and cruelty. Our problem is that people are obedient while the jails are full of petty thieves… (and) the grand thieves are running the country. That’s our problem.”
Protest beyond the law is not a departure from democracy; it is absolutely essential to it.
I will try not to overlook the cruelties that victims inflict on one another as they are jammed together in the boxcars of the system. I don’t want to romanticize them. But I do remember (in rough paraphrase) a statement I once read: “The cry of the poor is not always just, but if you don’t listen to it, you will never know what justice is.”
Mere longevity is a good thing for those who watch Life from the side lines. For those who play the game, an hour may be a year, a single day’s work an achievement for eternity.
The world suffers for very valid reasons. If you want to help the world, you must be beyond the need of help.