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#3118 - Thursday, March 27, 2008 -
Editor: Jerry Katz
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A Highlights reader (I
didn't get permission to use the name, so I'm not) writes:
One of my chinese students in China give me a Christmas card at
Christmas past. On one side she had written these words
presumably copied from some text. I just wondered if you had
heard these words before or thought they might be of
interest/relevance. (Strange christmas card verse I thought )
"Happiness is accompanied by sorrow and it would turn sunny after rain as well. If rain remains after rain and sorrow remains after sorrow, please take these farewells easy and turn to smilingly look for yourself who is never to appear."
The world is not to be put in order. The world is order incarnate. It is for us to put ourselves in unison with this order. ~ Henry Miller
My life has no purpose, no direction, no aim, no meaning, and yet I am happy. I can't figure it out. What am I doing right? ~ Charles Schultz
(contributed by Alice Chestnut)
Excerpt from a good article written by a university student, entitled Shall We Go For A Stroll. Read the whole thing at http://www.themanitoban.com/2007-2008/0326/115.Shall.we.go.for.a.stroll.php
Annual canoe trips bring me closer to this increasingly abstract concept of being. It is a lifestyle promoted by the most influential, arguably mad, German philosophers. Martin Heidegger wrote his seminal work, Being and Time, in a countryside cottage, removed from the distractions of the city. Carl Jung and Friedrich Nietzsche, too, spent much of their time in serene, natural environments. I am not talking about getting wasted around the campfire only to awaken spooning with your best friend to the sound of chirping birds aggravating your migraine; how dare I curse an innocent loon due to my own self-inflicted nausea. Indeed, when you step naked into the woods, emancipated from technology and luxury, you will remember where you came from, with an uncanny familiarity. As the smoke clears, you will see the madness inherent in casino and gas pipeline proposals for northern communities, tasting the plight of the First Nations people. After a long day of paddling, hiking or just breathing, you will accept the sound of a motorboat in the distance (silently cursing it), build a raging fire, and watch the fire illuminate the souls around you. Ultimately, the wilderness is an opportunity to resort back to your primitive state and fill yourself with a sense of wonder, experiencing a non-dual connection with the stimuli that bathes you. As Jean-Jacques Rousseau said, What crimes, wars, murders, what miseries and horrors would the human race have been spared, had someone pulled up the stakes or filled in the ditch and cried out to his fellow men: . . . the fruits of the earth belong to us all, and the earth to no one.
Read the entire article at http://www.themanitoban.com/2007-2008/0326/115.Shall.we.go.for.a.stroll.php
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