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Changes Changes
by David Sparenberg
2014-05-24 09:57:32
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No--we cannot change the world.  Let's not even start to try again.  The world is too big; too big for our dream of a revolution or lightning-stroke salvation; and far, far too dynamic with too many directions, cross purposes, issues and isms, and ever splintering into intentions, collisions, and chaos.
 
change01_400The Big World overwhelms us.  It has been made that way: to overpower, to elude and submerge the privacy and quiet reflections of individual women and men.
 
But here we are, face to face, looking, talking to one another, and this is something, like fruit on an autumn vine or fruit on a summer's tree, waiting for the vintner's palms of Adam or the voluptuous touch of Eve.
 
Here, eye movements, expressive shaping of lips, the reach and search of hands, and how we feel toward one another, signifies potential, a desire for change, for something genuine to happen.
 
So while the Big World will not be changed by us, the worlds that we have and, yes, worlds that we hold; your world and my world, and the world of sharing; here is where change comes into being.
 
Here is where we can start, again and again.  Only not with a plan, but only a possibility.  But are we inspired enough, in love and wildly mad enough, brave enough, to commit ourselves to the womb dance of a maple seed, or the ephemeral perfume of columbine, or the contradictions of a rose?
 
David Sparenberg
10 May 2014


       
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Emanuel Paparella2014-05-24 18:58:52
Indeed man is a reed compared to the universe but it does not end there. As Pascal aptly puts it:

"Man is but a reed, the most feeble thing in nature, but he is a thinking reed. The entire universe need not arm itself to crush him. A vapor, a drop of water suffices to kill him. But, if the universe were to crush him, man would still be more noble than that which killed him, because he knows that he dies and the advantage which the universe has over him, the universe knows nothing of this.

All our dignity then, consists in thought. By it we must elevate ourselves, and not by space and time which we cannot fill. Let us endavour then, to think well; this is the principle of morality."

--Pascal Pensees 347


Leah Sellers2014-05-26 15:44:32
Brother DAvid and Brother Emanuel,
You are Men of Noble Mind, Heart and Soul. The Idealistic Envisioner and the Hierophant.
And Pascal, was oh so brilliantly 'spot on'.
Thank you for your Giftings.


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