Sunday, February 28, 2010
Saturday, February 27, 2010
Ignorance … is not a passive state of absence – a simple lack of information: it is an active dynamic of negation, an active refusal of information.
Shoshana Felman, Psychoanalysis and Education
Friday, February 26, 2010
Thursday, February 25, 2010
To insist on describing ourselves as something we are not is to embrace existential illiteracy.
John Ralston Saul, A Fair Country: Telling Truths About Canada
Wednesday, February 24, 2010
Those who think religion and politics are not connected don't know much about politics, nor about religion.
Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi
Tuesday, February 23, 2010
I don’t know what your destiny will be, but one thing I know:
The only ones among you who will be really happy
Are those ones who will have sought and found how to serve.
Monday, February 22, 2010
Hiddenness is rarely sought, often imposed, and almost always, if assumed with humility and thanks, a sure path to wisdom.
Philip Zaleski forward to The Best Spiritual Writing 2010, edited by Philip Zaleski
Sunday, February 21, 2010
The true expression of nonviolence is compassion. Some people seem to think that compassion is just a passive emotional response instead of rational stimulus to action. To experience genuine comapssion is to develop a feeling of closeness to others combined with a sense of responsibility for their welfare.
Dalai Lama, quoted by Don Cheadle in Not on Our Watch: The Mission to End Genocide in Darfur and Beyond
Saturday, February 20, 2010
Until the lions produce their own historians, the history of the hunt will glorify only the hunter.
Chinua Achebe, Home and Exile
Friday, February 19, 2010
Subjectivity is not something that we wear like a badge of honour that can be taken out and paraded around. It is constantly with us, a garment that cannot be removed.
Alan Peshkin, In Search of Subjectivity
Thursday, February 18, 2010
Wednesday, February 17, 2010
Just as the great oceans have but one taste, the taste of salt, so do all of the teachings of Buddha have but one taste, the taste of liberation.
Buddhist teaching shared by Jack Kornfield, "The Wise Heart" in The Best Buddhist Writing 2009
Tuesday, February 16, 2010
You are perfect just the way you are. And ... there is still room for improvement!
Shunryu Suzuki, Zen master
Monday, February 15, 2010
Tyger Tyger, burning bright,
In the forests of the night;
What immortal hand or eye.
Could frame thy fearful symmetry? ...
When the stars threw down their spears
And water'd heaven with their tears:
Did he smile his work to see?
Did he who made the Lamb make thee?
The Tyger, Songs of Innocence & of Experience, William Blake
Sunday, February 14, 2010
Saturday, February 13, 2010
Eternity is not infinity.
It is not a long time.
It does not begin at the end of time.
It does not run parallel to time.
In its entirety it always was.
In its entirety it will always be.
It is entirely present always.
Wendell Berry, XIII, Sabbaths 2005
Friday, February 12, 2010
Every issue has been approached by indigenous peoples with a view to rewriting and rerighting our position in history. Indigenous peoples want to tell our own stories, write our own versions, in our own ways, for our own purposes. It is not simply about giving an oral account or a genealogical naming of the land and the events which raged over it, but a very powerful need to give testimony to and restore a spirit, to bring back into existence a world fragmented and dying.
Linda Tuhiwai Smith, Decolonizing Methodologies
Thursday, February 11, 2010
The camel, at the close of day,
Kneels down upon the sandy plain
To have his burden lifted off
And rest again.
My soul, thou too should to thy knees
When daylight draweth to a close,
And let thy Master lift the load
And grant repose.
Wednesday, February 10, 2010
Tuesday, February 9, 2010
The dominant group in any nation state often resorts to nostalgia, to mental or cultural ellipses, and to general forgetfulness in search of meanings and definitions that serve its own ideological needs of the moment.
Amritjit Singh, Joseph T. Skerrett Jr., and Robert E. Hogan, Introduction to Memory and Cultural Politics
Monday, February 8, 2010
The driver knows how much the ox can carry, and keep the ox from being overloaded. You know your way and your state of mind. Do not carry too much.
Sunday, February 7, 2010
Stories go in circles. They don’t go in straight lines. It helps if you listen in circles because there are stories inside and between stories, and finding your way through them is as easy and as hard as finding your way home. Part of finding is getting lost, and when you are lost you start to open up and listen.
T. Tafoya, “Finding Harmony: Balancing Traditional Values with Western Science in Therapy.” Canadian Journal of Native Education
Saturday, February 6, 2010
Your daily life is nothing else but an expression of your spiritual condition.
Thaddeus Golas, The Lazy Man's Guide to Enlightenment
Like my Dad, I am a fighter and I am going to beat this. ... I am feeling good.
Jack Layton's remark at a press conference in Toronto on Friday, February 5, 2010, about his prostate cancer
Friday, February 5, 2010
It is only with the heart that one can see rightly;
What is essential is invisible to the eye.
The Little Prince, Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
Thursday, February 4, 2010
Wednesday, February 3, 2010
Tuesday, February 2, 2010
Every leaf of the tree becomes a page of the Book once the heart is opened and it has learnt to read.
Saadi of Shiraz, quoted in Stones into Schools by Greg Mortenson
Monday, February 1, 2010
We all become political when we realize that our lives are not bounded by the perimeters of self, family, and home, and when we feel and act from that realization. A person is more than an individual, more than a self.
Thomas Moore, The Re-Enchantment of Everyday Life