We should be clear on what is happening
here. I am sitting in a room expressing thought for public viewing. Fully
aware of all my limits and faults, I am hoping to make a difference. Not
just in these words. In my daily decisions and commitments. A determination
for the expression of an imagination alternative to that which dominates our
None of what appears here is to be taken in
any empirical manner. These sentences were first conceived in the world of
experience. Their growth took place deep within, just beyond the threshold
of my perception. Now I trust them to rise in service to my highest hope.
The improvement of human being by bringing the focus back to what matters.
In contrast to what does not.
This sounds lofty. It is in reality well
rooted in the ordinary, the common. Walking down the street we encounter
others. Many pass by the other with eyes averted. Some consciously. Others
unconsciously. Something changes when even one person is intentional about
making eye contact. That brief, intimate connection conveys a message. Think
of a young person experiencing hard times. The manner in which others look
at that person may help or it may hinder. So I cultivate a quiet, peaceful
inner being. Transmitting this by my momentary glance and by my focused
The ideas of our historical period are
clearly missing an important point. What good is served making money at the
expense of our well being and the well being of our environment? Clearly, we
are now obligated to abandon private interest and give ourselves in service
to the common good. This sounds demanding. There is a sense in which it
truly is. Just in the way an athlete seeking to obtain the prize pursues a
demanding discipline. Each has opportunity to count the cost. To make a
choice. Preferring the way of change for healing to persisting in the
consumptive patterns of money as a necessary means to the obtaining of good.
Ideas are not best swallowed whole. They
should be well chewed before swallowing. Well digested after swallowing.
Allowed to become a living part of our living being in the world.