"The human being is that space in which the comprehensive compassion that pervades the universe from the very beginning now begins to surface -- within consciousness. (As compared with the natural displays of compassion by other creatures that is not necessarily 'within consciousness.') That's the only difference. We didn't create compassion, but it's flowing through us -- or it could. The phase change that we're in seems, to me, to depend upon that comprehensive compassion unfurling in the human species."
An immensely important challenge for these times —
"Life is too important to be taken seriously.”
I’m starting January 2019 off with one of my favorite quotes —
"Hope and optimism are different. Optimism tends to be based on the notion that there's enough evidence out there to believe things are gonna be better, much more rational ... whereas hope looks at the evidence and says, 'It doesn't look good at all. Doesn't look good at all. Gonna go beyond the evidence to create new possibilities based on visions that become contagious to allow people to engage in heroic actions, always against the odds, no guarantee whatsoever'."
Jump into the air!” cried Charlotte. Wilbur jumped as high as he could.
“Keep you knees straight and touch the ground with your ears!” called Charlotte. Wilbur obeyed.
“Do a back flip with a half twist in it!” cried Charlotte. Wilbur went over backwards, writhing and twisting as he went.
“O.K., Wilbur,” said Charlotte. “You can go back to sleep. O.K. Templeton, the soap ad will do, I guess. I’m not sure Wilbur’s action is exactly radiant, but it’s interesting.”
“Actually,” said Wilbur, “I feel radiant.”
“Do you?” said Charlotte, looking at him with affection. “Well, you’re a good little pig, and radiant you shall be.
I’m in this thing pretty deep now—I might as well go the limit.”
I find this passage from “Charlotte’s Web” utterly precious . . .
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