The world is fed by our willingness to weep
for the impossibility of being human.
And the irony is,
weeping for the impossibility of being human
is human….Stephen Jenkinson
were we cast into our roles? did we land in our karma? who is responsible? how do we navigate between fierce forgiveness and accountability? who loves? may we consider the sweetness of kindness our deepest truth, for each moment we forget…..
I have been a lucky man. To feel the intimacy of brothers is a marvelous thing in life. To feel the love of people whom we love is a fire that feeds our life. But to feel the affection that comes from those whom we do not know, from those unknown to us, who are watching over our sleep and solitude, over our dangers and our weaknesses- that is something still greater and more beautiful because it widens out the boundaries of our being, and unites all living things….Pablo Neruda
Only in a thoroughly unrelated world can we poison nature without conscience, neglect our children and the poor, and righteously slay thousands of enemy soldiers because we don’t have the patience or imagination for negotiation. As a tonic for our troubled world, friendship and behaving with consideration and care may seem light and even frivolous, but that could be because we have lost a sensitivity to the values of soul. Our soullessness appears in our tough pragmatism and in our bottom-line thinking. Even our social sciences seem more secure studying hard issues such as chemicals, traumas, and direct family influences as sources of our problems, instead of philosophical issues that lie deep in society. In compensation, some turn to otherworldly spirituality, seeking to transcend the limits of human knowledge and effort through preternatural means. In neither case is soul nurtured. We need to return to the simple virtues of friendship and manners if we are to restore life to humane dimensions and values…..Thomas Merton