People think I’m weird … I know they do.
Even the ones who love me.
& that’s okay.
I am entirely content to not be “like everyone else.”
I do wacky things like picking up garbage out on my walks. Just returned from a walk – picked up oodles of garbage along the Boardwalk … & the beach. Plastic Patrol
Lots of people think it’s weird, I guess, to spend (have spent) decades as an environmental activist – & to be so passionate about telling the truth that I have on numerous occasions dressed up in a kangaroo or elephant outfit to make a point. (For the record, those gigs were FUN!)
What do I think?
I think the great leap humanity needed … but failed to take … is away from conformity… toward fostering independent thinkers.
Not knee-jerk crowd-followers.
What do I know??
I’m just a weirdo.
& then there are the thoughts about sheep, & sheepishness….
“A society of sheep must in time beget a government of wolves.” – Bertrand De Jouvenel
Quotations that came up for me ……… (for somewhat mysterious reasons)
“Normal is someone you don’t know very well.” – Joe Ancis
“We must get in touch with our own liberating ludicrousness and practice being harmlessly deviant.” – Sarah Jane McCarthy
“Always be prepared to believe that experts are stupid. They very often are.” – Jane Jacobs in CBC interview with Eleanor Wachtel, Oct. 6/02.
“The world changes according to the way people see it, and if you alter, even by a millimetre, along the way…people look at reality, then you can change it.” – James Baldwin, quoted in Jane Fonda’s book My Life So Far
“We bless the life around us far more than we realize. Many simple, ordinary things that we do can affect those around us in profound ways: the unexpected phone call, the brief touch, the willingness to listen generously, the warm smile or wink of recognition. We can even bless total strangers and be blessed by them. Big messages come in small packages. All it may take to restore someone’s trust in life may be returning a lost earring or a dropped glove.” – Rachel Naomi Remen, M.D., in her book My Grandfather’s Blessings – Stories of Strength, Refuge, and Belonging
“Some trees grow very tall and straight and large in the forest close to each other, but some must stand by themselves or they won’t grow at all.” ~ Oliver Wendell Holmes (1809 – 1894), American writer
“Falsehood has an infinity of combinations, but truth has only one mode of being.” ~ Jean Jacques Rousseau ** lots of great truth quotes
“Only morality in our actions can give beauty and dignity to our lives.” – Albert Einstein
“Great spirits have always encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds.” – Albert Einstein ** more Einstein quotes
“Our deepest need is the need to leave the prison of our aloneness.” – Eric Fromm (spotted on church notice board on Bloor St. in Toronto, on July 10/19)
& something in here, too (‘What Jane Fonda said ’) about not being an “individual” anymore …
Now. This next one is a bit odd. I’ll explain:
“I can say that it is time now to play ‘the save the world’ symphony. I don’t know what instrument you hold, but you need to play it as best as you can, & find your place in the score. You don’t have to play a solo here. But this is our task now.” – Dr. Sandra Steingraber, in a recent interview with Bill Moyers (you really MUST watch this interview!) ** more SS quotes
I was pretty sure when I first heard this, years back now, that Dr. S. had said ‘the end of the world’ symphony. & was taken aback at her honesty. But when I went back to look at it again, she was saying ‘save the world’ symphony. Truth is, it works either way, doesn’t it?? We do need to find a “place in the score” in these singularly unprecedented times …. No?
** lots of musings/resources/quotations about grief, near-term extinction & many other topics, in this posting