“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful,committed citizens can change the world; indeed,it’s the only thing that ever has.”
The day will come when, after harnessing space, the winds, the tides, and gravitation, we shall harness for God the energies of love. And on that day, for the second time in the history of the world, we shall have discovered fire.
“Whenever we look at life, we look at networks.”
Over the next fifty years we will see a return of the ancient tradition of “universal history”; but this will be a new form of universal history that is global in its practice and scientific in its spirit and methods
The arch of the Cathedral itself takes on the shapeOf the uplifted throat of the wollfLamenting our present destinyBeseeching humankindTo bring back the sunTo let the flowers bloom in the meadowsThe rivers run through the hillsAnd let the EarthAnd all the living creaturesLive theirWildFierceSereneAnd Abundant life
Much of our troubles during these last two centuries has been caused by our limited, our microphase modes of thought. We centered ourselves on the individual, on personal aggrandizement, and on a competitive way of life, and on the nation or the community of nations as the guarantor to pursue these purposes. A sense of the planet Earth never entered into our minds
Don’t Hesitate”By Mary OliverIf you suddenly and unexpectedly feel joy,don’t hesitate. Give in to it. There are plentyof lives and whole towns destroyed or aboutto be. We are not wise, and not very oftenkind. And much can never be redeemed.Still, life has some possibility left. Perhaps thisis its way of fighting back, that sometimessomething happens better than all the richesor power in the world. It could be anything,but very likely you notice it in the instantwhen love begins. Anyway, that’s often thecase. Anyway, whatever it is, don’t be afraidof its plenty. Joy is not made to be a crumb.
. . . We must now, in a sense, reinvent the human as a species within the community of life species
This process whereby random movements of waves are replaced by a coherent order is how the universe’s creativity proceeds. Random collisions of dust give rise to the Earth. Random collocations of organic molecules give rise to living cells the chaos of meaningless noise becomes transparent for an instant. In such a moment, we catch a glimpse of our destiny. This glimpse doesn’t take the pain away, but things are different now. One sees the path toward fulfillment. With a sight that comes from the imagination, we see through the pain into the larger meaning of our life, a meaning that comes from the action of the whole of things, a meaning that even includes the waves of chaos in which we find ourselves.
“It is clear that the “rich” are in the process of stripping the world of its once-for-all endowment of relatively cheap and simple fuels. It is their continuing economic growth which produces ever more exorbitant demands, with the result that the world’s cheap and simple fuels could easily become dear and scarce long before the poor countries had acquired the wealth, education, industrial sophistication, and power of capital accumulation needed for the application of alternative fuels on any significant scale