Feb 032000

Dear Beverley, dear Terry,

You both visited while I was away. (Briefly in hospital – I’m fine now.) Thank you dear friends for your entries into the guest book.

Yes, Beverley, there are many things yet to be done for making it a better world.

How glad I am you found Resurgence!

How grateful I am for your message. It is like a personal blessing to me.

Resurgence was one of my earliest web-discoveries and I have been waiting to share it!

Here is a favorite.

Not so Fast – Donelle Meadows (Resurgence 184):

I quote:

“Slowing down could be the single most effective action to save the world.

Those of us who think the world needs saving – from environmental destruction, rapacious greed, decaying morals, drugs, crime, racism, whatever – keep very busy crusading for our favorite remedies. School vouchers. Carbon taxes. Campaign reform. The Endangered Species Act. A lower capital gains tax. Strong regulation. No regulation. You know. That long list of mutually inconsistent Holy Grails with which we like to hit each other over the head.

There is one solution to the world’s problems, however, that I never hear the frenzied activists suggest.

Slowing down.”

This article had really gripped me. I hope everyone here will find it, read it in full and spread it so to gather ‘the critical mass’ to make it happen.

“Supposing we weren’t in such a hurry. We could take time to walk instead of drive, to sail instead of fly…

Suppose we went at a slow enough pace not only to smell the flowers, but to feel our bodies, play with children, look openly without agenda or timetable into the faces of loved ones. Suppose we stopped gulping fast food …

Suppose we took time each day to sit in silence.” ……

Yes, Terry, so much is unknown. I’m not writing separate letters because you will be interested in Beverly’s thoughts about saving the world and Beverly will understand your feelings about how little we know, how much there is to learn and to do.

You say when you read the material here you feel like you’re underwater with your eyes half closed, and you seem to see things “through a glass darkly”.

It’s a lovely description of what most of us feel and see. The haze, the wonder, the unknown, unknowable, yet familiar ‘nothing’ we vaguely remember as Love, Bliss, Home.

Yes, there is so much more to see and we may get depressed that we can’t see it …… yet. Could we call these depressions the birth-pangs of our spiritual nature? If we could see it all, we would no longer be human beings.

Dear Beverly, Dear Terrence, I love you both for being who you are and feel a special joy of your having come into the power to share, into my life and into the lives of friends who visit here.