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Another quote from a short story in Flash Fiction International that I liked!

Shattered by Shirani Rajapakse:

"...it all happened because she had dared to defy the terrorists and go to work that day. But what was so wrong with that?"
 
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I was reading Elegant Simplicity by Satish Kumar and was reminded of this meme:

 
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Dave Burton wrote:I was reading Elegant Simplicity by Satish Kumar and was reminded of this meme:



I am desperately trying to a3pplg this to certain family and friends over whom I am losing sleep and joy in my life.
 
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I love this quote from Elegant Simplicity!

"We need to apply our own standards and our own vision in order to celebrate the fundamental dignity of human life."

And I like this quote, too:

"We don’t need to worry about the future either. Khalil Gibran said, “Yesterday is but today’s memory, tomorrow is today’s dream.” Only the present is real. That is why it is called “present” —  a gift. We need to respond to the situation in which we find ourselves. There is a formula for this: 10 percent of thinking can be concerned with the past, 15 percent with the future, and the remaining 75 percent with the present."

and...

" I dream of a society of artists who, above all, practice the art of living. By cultivating the arts of living, we can make our lives more simple, more harmonious, more joyful, and more contented."

and..

"A society founded on the idea of everyone being an artist requires us to become makers and producers so that we can achieve personal, social, and ecological well-being. The economy, in this ideal system, is the servant of humanity and not the master. In my worldview, a life of elegant simplicity would be built on a firm foundation of the arts and crafts. We need to move away from automation, industrialism, and robotic systems. We need to embrace the ideal of mindful making. "

and...

“You are teaching your students economics, which means how to manage your home, without teaching them ecology, which means knowing what comprises a home? How are you going to manage your home if you don’t know it?”

and...

"Every student should take at least one day a week to be in Nature and sit by the bank of a river or sit under a tree, walk in the mountains, and learn from Nature. Nature herself is the greatest teacher. If university students want to be ecoliterate, they need to read the book of Nature. That is the greatest book"

and...

"Rather than human rights, we should talk about human responsibility. Nature has rights and humans have a responsibility not to destroy, pollute, or denigrate planet Earth. That is ecoliteracy."

and...

"In order for us to integrate facts with feelings and to shift from information to knowledge, we need to introduce the idea of learning by doing —  of using our heads, our hearts, and our hands. Wisdom arises when knowledge and experience meet."
 
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"What if our religion was each other. If our practice was our life. If prayer, our words. What if the temple was the Earth. If forests were our church. If holy water--the rivers, lakes, and ocean. What if meditation was our relationships. If the teacher was life. If wisdom was self-knowledge. If love was the center of our being."

~ Ganga White
 
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Sorry Judith,  have run out of apples to give you. X
 
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"Today I  train myself,that most people do not want,to do something tomorrow that most people can't"
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From Elegant Simplicity:

"First of all we need to fall in love with ourselves. Often we want to fall in love with someone else without loving ourselves. Yet it is only when we fall in love with ourselves that we are ready to fall in love with someone else"

I find this to be so true, which is part of why I find it so hard to love others, especially some of the boyfriends I have tried dating. I find it so hard to see the beauty that they see in me, which is why I cry so much when I hear the words I love you from them. It hurts to feel the passion of someone else's love or someone's desire to be with and yet be unable to let them fully in, because I do not yet see everythign they see. This is hard, but slowly and surely, I am making my way towards being at peace with myself. It just takes awhile, and sunshine, my gosh, the sunshine has been helping me out a lot!

Ahhh, I love this quote, too:

"When two people come together, they do not merge with each other. Falling in love is not a merger. We come together to stand side by side. One plus one is not two, it is eleven: 1 + 1 = 11. When we are in a loving relationship we say, 'I am your support. I am here for you. Lean on me."

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"Then there are those who, on finding some small virtue in others, magnify it, praise it extravagantly, and shower them with appreciation. These are the people on the royal road to forgiveness."
 
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These are a couple quotes from Renewal by Andres Edwards that I liked after I finished reading the Foreword.

"Our choices are based on our values. Renewal explores how we can nurture an ecocentric ethic, which encompasses a reciprocal relationship with nature where we use natural resources wisely and enhance the biodiversity of nonhuman species."

"...many of the solutions to our global problems lie in reacquainting ourselves with the natural world —  what I call “rewilding our hearts.” Understanding how animals build shelters and plants produce food and generate energy shows us how we can adapt to the global challenges we face. Learning about the behavior of other animals also gives us  valuable insights that can help us nurture our compassion and humility."
 
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"There are numerous theoretical reasons why we humans have strayed so far from a benign symbiotic relationship with the planet, and have instead taken on the visage, if not the behavior, of planetary pathogens."  Joseph Jenkins

Ouch! I believe humans are capable of doing better. Now if we can just accomplish the "doing better".
 
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From the story "The Guinea Pig Lady" by Russell Banks in the collection of short stories called Pow-Wow: Charting the Fault Lines of the American Experience- Short Stories from Then and Now edited by Ishmael Reed.

"She drove so as to endanger, but didn't know it. It was as if her relation to the physical act of driving was the same as her relation to poverty- abstract, wholly theoretical, and sentimental- which, from Merle's perspective, made her as dangerous a driver as she was a citizen."
 
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I love how Wendell Berry looks at things.....
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One of my favorite quotes recently is one that comes from the Radical Centrism Manifesto. I like its concept of humility:

Humility is Teachable
I believe everyone wants to believe they are good:
The Wise examine Character
     The Wicked shrink Community
        Fools deny Reality
           & All of them are me

 
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There are so many good stories in Food from the Radical Center: Healing Our Land and Communities by Gary Paul Nabhan, and this is one of my favorite little scenes so far:

Listen up. A few minutes ago, you dismissed me on the basis of my dress and accent. But I'll tell you what: I will not have you dismiss the work that the fine men and my husband and I are recruited are doing in this region. They are healing the very streams and wildlife habitats that some of you in this room have worked very hard to protect! You need their work as much as they need yours. But to join forces on behalf of the fish and wildlife we all want to see survive, you first have to acknowledge the value of men and women who care about the same things you do but don't talk about them with the same words you do.

 
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