Posted by Peggy <email@example.com>on the AoH list (22 Feb 2011)
Martin Buber poem, written in 1926
Our hope is too new and too old -
I do not know what would remain to us
were love not transfigured power
and power not straying love.
Do not protest: "let love alone rule!"
Can you prove it true?
but resolve: Every morning
I shall concern myself anew about the boundary
between the love-deed-Yes and the power-deed-No
and pressing forward honor reality.
We cannot avoid
cannot escape the compulsion
to afflict the world,
so let us, cautious in diction
and mighty in contradiction,
Written and posted by <lunarlogik> aka stuart taylor 2011
where i don’t know
is where i want to go
the route to meaning
isn’t necessarily direct
where we don’t know
is where I want to go
can we travel together?
what might we find?
what might we discover?
what might we gain?
what might we lose?
shall we pack a compass and
bring emergency flares?
or should we trust
to the deep wisdom of our gut?
where I don’t know
is where I want to go
will you travel with me?
An inspiring quote by Brian Swimme on personal and collective healing.
"The great discovery of contemporary cosmology is that the universe, for fourteen billion years, has been working to bring forth vibrant Earth Communities. Our human role in this profound process is the healing of personal and collective wounds so we might revel ever more deeply in the magnificence of our differentiated unity." -Brian Swimme
Peter Block on 'the way we create conversations':
My belief is that the way we create
conversations that overcome the fragmented nature
of our communities is
what creates an alternative future.
This can be a difficult stance to take
for we have a deeply held belief
that the way to make a difference in the world is
to define problems and needs and then
recommend actions to solve those needs.
We are all problem solvers, action oriented
and results minded.
It is illegal in this culture to leave a meeting
without a to-do list.
We want measurable outcomes and we want them now.
What is hard to grasp is
that it is this very mindset which prevents anything fundamental from changing.
We cannot problem solve our way into
fundamental change, or transformation.
This is not an argument against problem solving;
it is an intention to shift the context and language
within which problem solving takes place.
Authentic transformation is about a shift in context
and a shift in language and conversation.
It is about changing our idea of what constitutes action.
Peter Block from Civic Engagement Series
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