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Saturday, October 07, 2006

Libra Thoughts

When the world is perceivably out of balance, how do we restore it?
Is it possible to straighten warped paper by pressing it flat?
Is it more effective to gently bend the paper in the opposite direction?

A central tenet of activism is the process of applying pressure directly against the forces that move our world out of harmony. Activism cannot simply be avoidance.

I will never be the activist that my old friend Angela, who changed her name to Garlic and joined EarthFirst, turned out to be. She had different battles to wage, and though they were not the same as mine, I loved and respected her for fighting them. I remember thanking her often and saying, "Keep saving the Earth for me."

If I spend too much of my internal resources trying to tip the scales of our society back into balance, don't I risk upsetting my own internal balance?
But isn't assuming that risk part of living a deliberate life?
Does tikkun olam (repair of the world) require more than just the work of healers?

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At 10/07/2006 01:41:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

We can live a life with harmony, as much as possible, and do as little damage as we can. But as Desiderata says, no less than the trees and the stars we have a right to be here.

I thought you might pick Dueling Banjos for your Birth month musings. ~p

 
At 10/08/2006 03:28:00 PM, Blogger Diane said...

I would answer your last three questions Yes, Yes, Yes.

 

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