Thought of the week – 25th July 2022 (3)

Unless you are in your knowing, you will be supposing. And if you are supposing, you are entrenching yourself in the data that you assume you must need to act upon.
As you go to knowing, it becomes like breathing. You know what you need to know, you know where you stand, you know what will make you happy, and the agreements are made.
But you are still so busy listening to the small self’s voice that you ignore the True Self that is as available to you.

Paul Selig

the importance of what you choose to emphasise

“To be hopeful in bad times is not just foolishly romantic. It is based on the fact that human history is a history not only of cruelty, but also of compassion, sacrifice, courage, kindness. 

What we choose to emphasize in this complex history will determine our lives. If we see only the worst, it destroys our capacity to do something. If we remember those times and places—and there are so many—where people have behaved magnificently, this gives us the energy to act, and at least the possibility of sending this spinning top of a world in a different direction. 

And if we do act, in however small a way, we don’t have to wait for some grand utopian future. The future is an infinite succession of presents, and to live now as we think human beings should live, in defiance of all that is bad around us, is itself a marvelous victory.”

Howard Zinn