Sincerity is the easiest virtue, they say. Often not considered is that insincerity is also pretty easy. Disagreement is a natural part of life. We all wallow in ignorance and misunderstanding in different degrees at least some of the time. But there is a difference between honest argument and propaganda. It is one thing to insist on a certain plan without knowing the ramifications, while quite another to pretend that something is bad when it isn't. Especially if your main motive is mere… Continue
Added by Erik Strand on January 30, 2009 at 11:16pm —
I found these guys on line this morning, and wanted to share the link here!
Added by Chandira on January 28, 2009 at 11:00am —
While it is wonderful to see people who are oriented towards compassion being unleashed on the world, we shouldn’t forget that creating a structure so that people can help support themselves is also important.
Years ago, while I was taking a “Welfare Economics” course at UW, I was astonished to find that the records from the welfare office showed that most people only asked for help when they needed it and were fast to get off it when they found a job. Sure, I had heard many stories… Continue
Added by Erik Strand on January 27, 2009 at 4:00pm —
Most people would naturally say: they exist because the authorities build them up and tell us this is the area which is "safe" for us to exercise our rights, enshrined in the Consititution, to protest.
But where in the Constitution does it say that the authorities have the right to erect protest pens, which effectively are used to make sure that protestors are not heard or noticed by the mainstream media?
Why do the authorities do this? The answer is basic: most people… Continue
Added by Erik Strand on January 26, 2009 at 5:00pm —
Protesting is out of fashion, or so you might believe. Yet haven't you noticed lately the number of policies which seem to run contrary to the wishes of the majority? If this is true, why are government policies not changed to reflect the will of the majority? Did you suddenly feel a sense of doubt? Maybe, you are rationalizing, that you are not part of the majority. Maybe you are not. Then why not go out and protest to persuade others to align with your viewpoint and have your arguments aired… Continue
Added by Erik Strand on January 26, 2009 at 11:30am —
Will Mr. Obama be shocked when he finds out that Conservatives are planning to obstruct him all the way? He is doing his best so far to bring us together as a nation. Roosevelt was shocked because he had been one of them, one of the wealthy elite. By 1937 he was frustrated. Several of the wealthy elite, including Bush's Grandfather and the owners of Chase Manhattan Bank had even managed to put together a coup attempt (which didn't get far). Roosevelt just let this go--they closed up the Senate… Continue
Added by Erik Strand on January 24, 2009 at 3:23pm —
Obama is certainly already much more active than our previous President. Several initiatives he has taken so far are giving me encouragement. But I wonder: how much flexibility will he be able to achieve with the other side? I saw some excerpts of Fox TV yesterday (via the Daily Show) and I am not sure these guys are going to be all that flexible. In fact, I have been hearing they are planning to oppose Obama all the way because they don't want someone with an economic program similar to that… Continue
Added by Erik Strand on January 24, 2009 at 3:00pm —
The essential part of this essay was originally delivered in March 1938 at a conference of Quaker leaders in Frankfurt-am-Main, Germany. It was expanded and published in 1943. It is printed here with a few modifications.
Emblazoned over the gates of the world in which we live is the escutcheon of the demons. The mark of Cain in the face of man has come to overshadow the likeness of God. There has never been so much guilt and distress, agony, and terror. At no time has the earth been… Continue
Added by Kenny Ramer on January 22, 2009 at 7:00am —
LEADERSHIP FOR THE NEW COMMONS
A Bioregional Leadership Initiative of the Whidbey Institute
We live in a time of dramatic change—a hinge point in history—and there is a critical need for a new practice of the art of leadership. In a world characterized by increased complexity, diversity, and moral ambiguity, we drift into polarization. Narrow, single-issue politics and role-based morality feed growing dysfunction, injustice, environmental… Continue
Added by Kenny Ramer on January 16, 2009 at 1:30pm —
Leaving the Forbidden City – by James O’Dea (www.jamesodea.com )
A systems perspective on Earth’s next major evolutionary phase change
Puyi Qing was just two years and ten months old when he was taken from his mother and brought to the Forbidden City with its 35 foot high walls and its nine thousand, nine hundred and ninety nine rooms. There, in the Hall of Supreme Harmony, he was named Xuangton Emperor. Alas, or perhaps fortunately, he was barely six years old when life outside… Continue
Added by Susan Burns on January 16, 2009 at 1:07pm —
Happy New World!
It’s time to get out your Bush countdown clocks for the final few days, hours, and minutes of a long, painful chapter in our history. Change is really upon us. Change is an assessment that something new is being born. What this change will look like is unknown and in many ways up to us. For certain this will be a historic time. We will one day tell our grand kids what it was like to be alive when these changes came about.
Personally, I notice that I am… Continue
Added by Jon Ramer on January 14, 2009 at 6:30pm —
Up-Dated Blog January 24th, 2009
From my perspective we all have been Compassionate Warriors, many of you I know through other communities,and Many of you I don't Know at all. But we are all connected just the same, So my relationships are woven deeply in various different ways and manners, creating for me a very vibrant pattern in many different communities,and when you put all those different ways and communities together into ONE fabric from which they were all conceived your… Continue
Added by Kenny Ramer on January 14, 2009 at 1:00pm —
Book Review by Guy Burneko, Ph.D.
The Institute for Contemporary/Ancient Learning
January 8 2009
(Having originally reviewed the June 2007 edition of this book, below, I've since been reading its newer and much expanded January 2009 3rd edition. I have some questions/reservations I didn't before, mostly about the way Adi Da characterizes the institution he calls the Global Cooperative Forum. An updated review of this remarkable book is forthcoming; I'll… Continue
Added by Guy Burneko on January 8, 2009 at 4:30pm —
Added by Valerie Tarico on January 8, 2009 at 12:00pm —
Here is another example of compassionate action and how these tools can sensitive us to what is going on around us. Imagine a site
that lets you learn about the stories of people who have found themselves homeless. Welcome to Homeless Tales
. Here is an image of their site and there is a video interview with a co-founder of the site:
Here's the… Continue
Added by Jon Ramer on January 8, 2009 at 1:49am —
I think I'm ready after a month or so of grieving, to write something here about Adi Da's leaving the body. It's taken a while, the sadness has been unbearable at times, but somehow Grace got me through the worst.
There are a number of Adi Da's devotees on the CAN site, and one or 2 who have also been to see Him fairly recently. They will know and probably feel also what I'm going to talk about here, but so will you all, I'm sure. There isn't any separation between us at heart, and… Continue
Added by Chandira on January 7, 2009 at 4:18pm —
is a great resource for compassionate action. The website is we are what we do
and their philosophy is simple. Small actions, by lots of people, equals big change.
There have been over 2.5 million actions completed so far!
They have hundreds of suggested actions such as “love where you live”, “walk your parents”, “make someone smile”, “know how you fit in the big picture”. They are also offering… Continue
Added by Jon Ramer on January 5, 2009 at 8:00pm —
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Bigfoot AKA: Sasquatch
Frame 352, alleged image of Bigfoot, from the Patterson-Gimlin film.
First reported In folklore
Country United States, Canada
Region Pacific Northwest (Primary)
Habitat Forests,… Continue
Added by GreyWolf on January 3, 2009 at 9:21am —
Pre-Columbian and Early American Legends of Bigfoot-like Beings
(From : Traditional Attitudes Toward Bigfoot in Many North American Cultures, By Gayle Highpine)
Originally printed in the… Continue
Added by GreyWolf on January 3, 2009 at 8:30am —
I wonder how many of you believe in this..........Spirit guides of mine.........or what I share.........Striking up conversation............I know it sounds so...........unbelievable............unless you have experienced it for your self........Walking in spirit is something totally different than most of us do............because you are constantly listening for messages given.........From God or other helpful guides.......Guardian Angels.........Whatever you may name them..........So how many… Continue
Added by GreyWolf on January 3, 2009 at 12:54am —