Finding wisdom and inspiration

Some days, you just don’t have much to share. This is one of those days for me. I’ve been facing some challenges in the “meat world” as they say, that are related to this awful mess that’s known as our economy. So rather than have anything useful to say myself, I’ve been reading and watching around the tubes.

I know alot of what we read is hard and sometimes negative. But what has struck me in my recent wanderings is the depth of wisdom that’s also out there. So I thought I’d share a little of that with you today. It comes from an interesting mix of sources.

First of all, here’s some truth and perspective from one of our elders. Friday night, Bill Moyers commented on the situation in the Middle East. But its mostly a reminder of who it is that pays the price when “life and death become abstractions of policy.”

If you can’t watch the video, here is a partial transcript (scroll down to the last few paragraphs from Moyers), but it will be hard to get the impact without the visuals.

Next, lets look to a couple of young people for some inspiration. Here’s Andrew Gillum and Alisha Morgan from the Young Elected Officials Network, an organization started by Gillum, the youngest person to ever hold elected office in Tallahassee, Florida.

These young people have faced overwhelming odds already. But as one of them said on a video at the YEON site, the advantage of being young is that you haven’t been schooled yet in the odds of the impossible. So they’re just busy getting it done!

And finally, how about an “awe-shucks” moment from our friends in the animal kingdom? Do we have something to learn from them? Youbettcha!!!!


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  1. young, old, human, animal.

  2. I watched the whole Moyers piece and I am kind of surprised strange men in suits did not show up and throw a hood over his head and drag him away. You know why they didn’t? Not because we live in a free country because nobody takes talk of peace seriously. Poor Moyers he is one of a few truly mainstream journalists who gets any kind of exposure who has any semblance of sanity and humanity.

    I am not kidding when I say I just can’t stomach the news any more, at least on TV. This week in a lull I was checking out on line news. I usually look at BBC and the Guardian and a woman I work with said,” any more news on the Gaza” and I kid you the fuck not my other colleague said,” Who is Gaza?”. My colleague who asked the question isn’t stupid, as long as she gets to keep her nice little American life and her nice little American lifestyle, she doesn’t care. I know Americas are struggling right now and I don’t want to belittle that. But however one stands on the whole I/P thing how can one not look at the events in the Gaza and not just want to weep for humanity? I was whining earlier this week about missing my dog and children are being killed there.

    Also kudos to those dignified peace activists who I note got arrested or at least hand cuffed. What for I wonder? Trying to be human?

    • Edger on January 11, 2009 at 6:34 pm

    But they did it first…

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