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A Thought for the Day and Every Day


We live in a time of incredible change.

No one of us could even begin to process the amount of information available to us each day.

Yet with all the labor saving devices, with all the instant communication, day by day we seem to have less and less time.

Perhaps because of the time crunch, and workers in the US have less vacation than other comparable cultures, while many people have no idea of even the concept of vacation time, little thought, little attention is given to the glaring information, the reality, that hunger, disease, poverty, starvation, and war are still very much a part of our lives on the planet.

The technology will continue to change, perhaps even more quickly than we can keep up with it. That is a natural evolution.

The labor saving devices will continue to be developed following the same evolutionary lines.

We need to think about the planet; we need to think about how we are going to fuel all these innovations; we need to think about how we are going to bring them to all people, not just some people. We need to learn to share our milk and cookies as grownup, responsible Terrans.

And that brings us to the real work of this still new century.

The work of this century, the work of all of us this century, is work on the spirit; work on connecting with each other and the planet. We need new myths, connecting myths, that show us our similarities rather than feed our differences.

We need larger than life images so we can become larger than the ego life; so we can grow into the spirit and continue the Creation rather than destroy it, ourselves, and the planet.

In the words of Arnold Toynbee:

To get to  know  each other on a worldwide scale is the human race's most urgent need today.

Remember that to have peace one must be peace and that comes from inner work being reflected in outer life.  

We can "make it so,"  but like anything else we want in our lives, we must truly want it.

Once again, we come back to choices.


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