“On vacation recently, there were some Christian fundamentalists at lunch at the next table and I felt the tension and constriction of their religious beliefs wafting off them like a perfume. That is my own projection, I’m sure, but I thought of something a friend used to say about that particular brand of religion — that it was like “looking at the ground with a flashlight when the whole universe was around you waiting to be noticed.” Walking to the beach later, I was thinking about how my own idea of God was so mutable, and that even though I pray, most of the time I haven’t a clue to whom I’m praying. And I like it that way. Sometimes God is Art, Music and Children and that is more than good enough.” —Rosanne Cash (via apsies)
“Since when did “we the people” become synonymous with Socialism? How can we convince people that “loving their neighbor” means more than just praying for them, that it means supporting a system that raises each of us up through access to education, health care, jobs, and a livable life? How can we encourage people to stop thinking of themselves as living in subdivisions and start living in neighborhoods? How can we shift from the Jesus of the comfortable to the “sell all your possessions” Jesus? I don’t think we change the nature of the conversation by berating those with whom we disagree, further sowing the seeds of resentment and faction. We change the nature of the conversation by connecting our own work to the values or faith by which it is motivated. The Christianity I practice requires that I love my neighbor even when it isn’t easy, that I work for “the least of these” even when I want to quit, that I give my two coins even if they are the last two I have, and that Jesus died not only for my sins but also those of the tax collector, the Samaritan woman, and the Pharisee. I cannot, in good conscience, profess to be a Christian and not see the world as composed of a “we” rather than just “me.” It is also, because I am a Christian that I cannot dismiss the Tea Party outright as I hear their cry of suffering.” —Me the People: A Day with the Tea Party (via azspot) (via krispayne) (via bringtheruckuss)
“…it’s helpful to notice that in American culture, thinking is not highly prized. In our frenzy to make things happen, to take action, we’ve devalued thinking and often view it as an impediment to taking action. We talk about needing to get things done NOW; we’ve created a dualism between thinking and acting, between “being” and “doing.” Personally, I find this dualism to be both dangerous and nonsensical” —Magaret J. Wheatly- Can we Reclaim Time to Think? (via loosegoose)
My Delusional Wish
A democratic republic containing a legislative body and executive more concerned with the well being of their constituents rather than the people who pay for their electoral campaigns.
Oh, these insane dreams I have. I must be delusional.