"What distinguishes faith in ourselves from conceit is the fact that conceit lays claim to specialness, while our fundamental nature is not personal -- it's universal, it's shared." -- Sharon Salzberg Photo credit: "What a night," Klemen Vrankar.
"I use the term radical in its original meaning--getting down to and understanding the root cause. It means facing a system that does not lend itself to your needs and devising a means by which you change that system."--Ella Baker I woke up on the social worker side of the bed this morning. When I found this quote, it shook me. Yes, we need to stand in solidarity with others, but sometimes we need to face a system doesn't meet OUR needs. Make the struggle personal. That will give you strength to go on when the battle seems never ending. When the headlines get too overwhelming, focus on your own battle. Keep on fighting.
One of the reasons apocalyptic literature was so popular during times of political and cultural upheaval, e.g., the late first century CE, was because the oppressed people, e.g., Christians during that time, were expecting God to intervene in human history to bring about the downfall of the oppressors like the Romans and, bypassing “normal” history, thereby to effect radical change. Sometimes the oppressors were the Egyptians; sometimes the Ptolemaic dynasty; other times, the Romans; etc., etc. Each such period generates its own apocalyptic literature, like the Book of Revelation, et al., and each such period is a reaction against the apparent passivity and inaction of God – even the failure of God – to act on behalf of justice for the oppressed. Improbable as it may sound, refl