Sacrifice is a notion that we need to bring back. It will take sacrifice to make peace. It will take sacrifice to bring about justice. It will take sacrifice to prevent catastrophic climate change...I hope none of us will ever need to give our lives for a cause. I hope it never comes to that. But sacrifice we do.Read More
Winston Churchill said "We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give." The way we give to one another is what creates and strengthens our interconnected lives. It is giving that weaves and fortifies the bonds between us. It is our mutual giving that ensures that each of us hears, over and over, that we have a place in the family of things.Read More
We are not either mentally ill or healthy - one or another - like an on and off switch. There are no absolutes in mental illness any more than there are in physical illness. Are you 100% healthy or 0% healthy? If you’re alive, the answer is no to both. You can only hit 0% one way, and at that point it doesn’t matter anymore because as long as you’re alive, you’re somewhere between the extremes.Read More
“We seldom consider how much of our lives we must render in return for some object we barely want, seldom need, buy only because it was put before us...And this is understandable given the workings of our system where without a job we perish, where if we don't want a job and are happy to get by we are labeled irresponsible, non-contributing leeches on society. But if we hire a fleet of bulldozers, tear up half the countryside and build some monstrous factory, casino or mall, we are called entrepreneurs, job-creators, stalwarts of the community. Maybe we should all be shut away on some planet for the insane. Then again, maybe that is where we are.” (Ferenc Máté)Read More
For there to be significant justice for the underprivileged in the face of the coming human-created climate disasters, we will all have to sacrifice. And that makes it all very, very real.
How much are we each willing to give up to avoid a desperately unjust life for our children or our children’s children? How much are we willing to give up to avoid millions of people becoming stateless climate change refugees?
Nearly 2000 years ago, a Jewish sage - Rabbi Tarfon - spoke to this common challenge of justice “Do not be daunted by the enormity of the world's grief. Do justly, now. Love mercy, now. Walk humbly, now. You are not obligated to complete the work, but neither are you free to abandon it.” We need to remind ourselves again and again that none of us has great power alone, but all of us have great power together.Read More