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"If you want to build a ship, don't herd people together to collect wood and don't assign them tasks and work but rather, teach them to long for the endless immensity of the sea."
  --Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

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"Success is the ability to go from one failure to another without any loss of enthusiasm."
  --Winston Churchill

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"The novelists William Styron and George Orwell, and the social philosopher Hannah Arendt, in writing of totalitarian evil and the Nazi systematic murders in particular, have each come to the conclusion that evil is not what one expects: cruelty, moral perversion, power abuse, terror.  These are its instruments or its results.  But the deepest evil in the totalitarian system is precisely that which makes it work: its programed, single-minded monotonous service, standard, boring, letter-perfect, generalities, uniform.  No thought and no responsiveness.  Eichmann.  Form without anima [soul, imagination] becomes formalism, conformism, formalities, formulas, office forms--forms without luster, without the presence of body.  Letters without words, corporate bodies without names.  All the while beauty is sequestered into the ghetto of beautiful things: museums, the ministry of culture, classical music, the dark room in the parsonage--Aphrodite imprisoned.

The 'general' and the 'uniform' happen in thought before they happen in the street.  They happen in thought when we lose touch with our aesthetic reflexes, the heart no longer touched.  The aesthetic reflex is indeed not merely disinterested aestheticism; it is our survival.  So, when we are dulled, bored, an-esthetized, these emotions of bleakness are the reactions of the heart to the anesthetic life in our civilization, events without gasping--mere banality.  The ugly now is whatever we no longer notice, the simply boring, for this kills the heart."

  --James Hillman

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"The telling of stories, like singing and praying, would seem to be an almost ceremonial act, an ancient and necessary mode of speech that tends the earthly rootedness of human language. For narrated events always happen somewhere. And for an oral culture, that location is never merely incidental to those occurrences. The events belong, as it were, to the place, and to tell the story of those events is to let the place itself speak through the telling."
   ~David Abram


I'm looking forward to reading Abram's new book, "Becoming Animal" (yummy title, eh gonzo_md ?? ;-) having made my way through Spell of the Sensuous, which I value especially due to its practical impact and influence on ecopsychology.  

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"Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won't feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It's not just in some of us; it's in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others."
  --Marianne Williamson

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". . . To be human
is to become visible
while carrying
what is hidden
as a gift to others . . . ."
  --David Whyte


"The gift you carry for others is not an attempt to save the world but to fully belong to it.  It's not possible to save the world by trying to save it.  You need to find what is genuinely yours to offer the world before you can make it a better place.  Discovering your unique gift to bring to your community is your greatest opportunity and challenge. The offering of that gift -- your true self -- is the most you can do to love and serve the world.  And it is all the world needs."
  --Bill Plotkin

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"In the days of moon worship, religion was concerned with the unseen powers of the spirit world, and even when the state religion was transferred to the sun, a god of war, of personal aggrandisement, and of the things of this world, the spiritual qualities remained with the moon deities. For the worship of the moon is the worship of the creative and fecund powers of nature and of the wisdom that lies inherent in instinct and in the at-oneness with natural law. But the worship of the sun is the worship of that which overcomes nature, which orders her chaotic fullness and harnesses her powers to the fulfilling of man's [sic] ends."
  --Esther Harding

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"The utterances of the heart--unlike those of the discriminating intellect--always relate to the whole.  The heartstrings sing like an Aeolian harp only to the gentle breath of a premonitory mood, which does not drown the song but listens.  What the heart hears are the great things that span our whole lives, the experiences which we do nothing to arrange but which we ourselves suffer."
  --C.G. Jung, The Symbolic Life

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"Humanity does not pass through phases as a train passes through stations; being alive, it has the privilege of always moving yet never leaving anything behind.  Whatever we have been, in some sort we are still."
  --C.S. Lewis

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"Matter is psyche moving slowly enough to be seen."
  --Pierre Teilhard de Chardin

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