7 November 2004
Action trumps depression.
Confronted with a situation in which our feelings of powerlessness are
more than just feelings, we choose to fight the odds, as an existential
statement. We bellow our savage war cry in the face of the Roman Legions. We
swim against the tidal wave. We attack Goliath with a slingshot, and throw
stones at a Sherman tank, and ravage ICBMs with our ball peen hammer. We
actively reject the reality of our helplessness; and as we assert defiance,
we fan the embers of humanity wherever they live within ourselves and our
brothers and sisters.
6 November 2004
"A little patience and we shall see the reign of witches pass over,
their spells dissolve, and the people, recovering their true sight,
restore their government to its true principles. It is true that in the
meantime we are suffering deeply in spirit, and incurring the horrors of
a war and long oppressions of enormous public debt......If the game runs
sometimes against us at home we must have patience till luck turns, and
then we shall have an opportunity of winning back the principles we have
lost, for this is a game where principles are at stake."
From a letter
to John Taylor, 1798. Jefferson had lost the presidential election
of 1796 to John
Adams, and the young nation, nearly bankrupted by the
Revolution, was engaged in a new and undeclared Quasi-war
with France over piracy in the Caribbean.
5 November 2004
"When a breakdown occurs, new breakthroughs appear. That is what is
happening in our nation and throughout the world right now. Viewed in this
way, our broken political systems are a symptom of progress. Far from being
defeated, we are drawing closer than ever to our primary aim of true
4 November 2004
This is the year that squatters evict landlords,
...that shawled refugees deport judges
...that those who swim the borderís undertow
and shiver in boxcars
are greeted with trumpets and drums
at the first railroad crossing
on the other side...
If the abolition of slave-manacles
began as a vision of hands without manacles,
then this is the year.
"Imagine the Angels of Bread"
3 November 2004
||"If we had no winter, the spring would not be so pleasant: if we did not
sometimes taste of adversity, prosperity would not be so welcome."
2 November 2004
"Do you think you can clear your mind by sitting constantly in silent
meditation? This makes your mind narrow, not clear. Integral awareness is
fluid and adaptable, present in all places and at all times. That is true
meditation. Who can attain clarity and simplicity by avoiding the world? The
Tao is clear and simple, and it doesn't avoid the world. Why not simply
honor your parents, love your children, help your brothers and sisters, be
faithful to your friends, care for your mate with devotion, complete your
work cooperatively and joyfully, assume responsibility for problems,
practice virtue without first demanding it of others, understand the highest
truths yet retain an ordinary manner? That would be true clarity, true
simplicity, true mastery."
Hua Hu Jing
tr Brian Walker
1 November 2004
You need not do anything. Remain sitting at
your table and listen, and you need not even listen, just wait, and you need
not even wait, just become quiet, still and solitary, and the world will
offer itself to you to be unmasked; it has no choice. It will roll in
ecstasy at your feet.