Vision and Viewpoint
Don't blow it, G8 - good planets are hard to find
I entered the life of the brown forest,
And the great life of the ancient peaks, the patience of stone
I felt the changes in the veins
In the throat of the mountain,
and, I was the stream,

Draining the mountain wood; and I the stag drinking:

and I was the stars,

Boiling with light, wandering alone, each one the lord of his own summit;
and I was the darkness

Outside the stars, I included them, They were part of me.
I was mankind also, a moving lichen

On the cheek of the round stone ... they have not made words for it...

— Robinson Jeffers [6] “Not Man Apart”
Patriotism is supporting your country all the time and the government when it deserves it.
— Mark Twain
Everything that matters in our intellectual and moral life begins with an individual confronting his own mind and conscience in a room by himself.
— Arthur M. Schlesinger Jr.
True religion is the life we live, not the creed we profess.
— J.F. Wright
Peace has its victories, but it takes brave men and women to win them.
— Ralph Waldo Emerson
When we lose the right to be different, we lose the right to be free.
— Charles Evans Hughes
Humanity is on the march, earth itself is left behind.
— David Ehrenfeld, The Arrogance of Humanism
The universe is not required to be in perfect harmony with human ambition.
— Carl Sagan
To be truly holy, we must empower the entire world—
with all its colors, people, plants, and animals.
— Joan Chittister, OSB
Anne Frank grew less optimistic about the future. She wrote, "I simply can't imagine the world will ever be normal again for us. I do talk about 'after the war,' but it's as if I were talking about a castle in the air, something that can never come true."
The god of the cannibals will be a cannibal,
of the crusaders a crusader,
and of the merchants a merchant.
— Ralph Waldo Emerson
Out beyond the right-doing
and the wrong-doing,
there is a field.
I will meet you there.
— Rumi
Bi-focal View
Prayer Flags
Earth Sounds
Soap Box
Autumn Anomaly
Second Looks
Sainted Oaks
Sunday Clothes
Late Bloomers
Gray Matters
Wager & Boast
Accidental Activist
Human Hubris
Vision & Viewpoint
Solitude of Soul
More Views
We beg you, Great God,
give us the vision as a people
to know where global leadership truly lies,
to pursue it diligently,
to require it to protect human rights
for everyone everywhere.

— Joan Chittister, OSB
Prayer for Leadership