Monday, 30 January 2017


Teilhard de Chardin: “The only true happiness is… the happiness of growth and movement… the happiness of growing greater.” From “Spirit of Fire” by Ursula King P185

Winston Churchill: “In wartime, truth is so precious that she should always be attended by a bodyguard of lies.”

: “It is perverse to insist that burning a man to death with petrol is a greater moral evil than using munitions like phosphorous bombs in military operations which we know will burn a great many innocent people to death, including children. It is the nature of every society however, to point out the cruelty of the enemy while obscuring the cruelty of one’s own actions.”
richardjacksonterrorismblog, 2015

“You’ve Got To Be Carefully Taught”: from the musical comedy “South Pacific”

You’ve got to be taught
To hate and fear,
You’ve got to be taught
From year to year,
It’s got to be drummed
In your dear little ear,
You’ve got to be carefully taught.

You’ve got to be taught to be afraid
Of people whose eyes are oddly made,
And people whose skin is a different shade,
You’ve got to be carefully taught.

You’ve got to be taught before it’s too late
Before you are six or seven or eight,
To hate all the people your relatives hate,
You’ve got to be carefully taught!

Quoted by Somali writer Ayeen Hirsi Ali in her book “Nomad” (2010)

A New Sensibility:

“We need to imagine new models for the relationship between ourselves and our earth. We can no longer see ourselves as namers and rulers over nature but must think of ourselves as gardeners, caretakers, mothers and fathers, stewards, trustees, lovers, priests, co-creators and friends of a world that, while giving us life and sustenance, also depends increasingly on us in order to continue both for itself and for us. “ From Models of God P. 13 by Sallie McFague (1988)

“The models of God as mother, lover, and friend offer possibilities for envisioning power in unified, interdependent ways, quite different from the view of power as either domination or benevolence… If one reflects on the characteristics of the love shown by parents, lovers, and friends, the words that come to mind include “fidelity”, “nurture”, “attraction”, “self-sacrifice”, “passion”, “responsibility”, “care”, ‘affection”, “respect” and “mutuality”. In fact, all the qualities of love so neatly demarcated in the ancient divisions of agape, eros, and philia come into play. These words suggest power, but a very different kind of power from that associated with the models of lord, king, and patriarch.” From Models of God P. 20 and 29 by Sallie McFague (1988)

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