Take 1 (short) In the midst of insanity
May we all do our very very best
To do no harm.
At the very very least
As little harm as humanly possible.
(If we can sometimes manage to actually do a little good
So much the better! )
Take 2 (longer)
In the midst of insanity
- Climate chaos – here & on its way, utterly unstoppable (that 25-50 year time lag is killer)
- Nuclear horrors of many a possible kind & variety (use your imagination)
- Politicians so dishonest & venal it literally boggles the mind
- Corporations raping & pillaging at a rate that staggers the imagination & sickens the heart (wherever & whenever do they suppose they will get to spend all the stupendous profits from this sickening, unprecedented slaughter of our one & only home???)
- Ethics lost from the planet altogether … or so it would (almost) seem
- Moral compass? The term has lost its meaning.
It’s down the rabbit hole
Full-time, all the time
(Only if you are paying attention, of course.)
As insane as the Mad Hatter’s Tea Party.
& now, the future carries an expiration date
What to do … what to do … what to do??
Hang onto our sanity as best we can
Don’t add to the chaos if we can help it
Hang onto our humanity
‘Quote of the day’ with this post: “Today no task is more pressing and noble, not only for a scientist, but also for any sober-minded individual, than to prevent nuclear insanity.” – Valery Legasov, head of the former Soviet delegation to the IAEA (International Atomic Energy Agency). He was upset over both the Chernobyl disaster & its handling at the IAEA & UN, & later took his life over it [many many great nuke quotes here]
“At twenty-one, I still believed that if you could only get to see the sunrise at Stonehenge, or full moon at the Taj Mahal, you would be nabbed by truth. And then you would be well, and able to relax and feel fully alive. But I actually knew a few true things. I had figured out that truth and freedom were pretty much the same [italics mine]. And that almost everyone was struggling to wake up, to be loved, and not feel so afraid all the time. That’s what the cars, degrees, booze, and drugs were about.” – Anne Lamott in the Prelude to Grace (Eventually) – Thoughts on Faith
“It is not a sign of good health to be well adjusted to a sick society.” – J. Krishnamurti (1895-1986)
“Kind words can be short and easy to speak, but their echoes are truly endless.” – Mother Teresa
“A clear conscience is more valuable than wealth.” – Filipino proverb [more quotes on conscience here]
“Do not depend on the hope of results. You may have to face the fact that your work will be apparently worthless and even achieve no result at all, if not perhaps results opposite to what you expect. As you get used to this idea, you start more and more to concentrate not on the results, but on the value, the rightness, the truth of the work itself. You gradually struggle less and less for an idea and more and more for specific people. In the end, it is the reality of personal relationship that saves everything.” (Thomas Merton, quoted by Carolyn Baker in her book review of the Guy McPherson book Going Dark )
“…as the Buddha told his cousin Ananda, the whole of the holy life is good friends. Our relationships – and our love – are ultimately what give depth and meaning to our lives.” – Joan Halifax in Being with Dying – Cultivating Compassion and Fearlessness in the Presence of Death
** tons of great quotes gathered under the ‘Quotation Central!’ heading!