There’s nothing to be said objectively about God.
God is the inter-subjective awareness of no other.
As is love.
Our myths try to reveal to us what is beyond factually verifiable knowing.
There is another knowing. This occurs when something is true and takes up residence inside one’s being as would an idea that has not found words to express it.
As if God is breathing.
A breathing below, above, within, and surrounding what is gathered from oblivion, present as reality taking place, and what is coming to be with each breath.
And we breathe.
No, we don’t know.
Yet we breathe.
And each breath is the opening of mind and heart to what is revealing itself in our midst.
He has shown you, O mortal, what is good.
And what does the Lord require of you?
To act justly and to love mercy
and to walk humbly with your God.
(—Micah 6:8, New International Version)
It is Veterans' Day. It is Remembrance Day.
The democracy they served and fought for is being held hostage by the current president and his republican crew.
“We’re witnessing the decimation of the democratic institutions which the American people have come to expect will be nonpolitical in terms of our national security,” Cohen told CNN’s Don Lemon.
Lemon asked Cohen, a GOP former senator for Maine who led the Pentagon during Bill Clinton’s presidency, to comment on Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s refusal to recognize the victory of President-elect Joe Biden.
(--William Cohen, former Maine republican senator, former Defense Secretary, Huffington Post re CNN interview with Don Lemon)
This is not a party partisan squabble. This is an undignified feint and possible dangerous threat by internal dissidents to transitional custom and good order following an obvious election outcome.
“My reaction is the way they are conducting themselves is more akin to a dictatorship than a democracy,” Cohen told Lemon.
“And I think the State Department has been politicized just like the DOD has tried to be politicized, and what we’ve done to undermine the intelligence community and other agencies,” he added. “I think it’s consistent with what has been taking place for four years now.” (--Ibid)
We are grateful for the service and good will of our veterans. We are grateful that warriors come home from war and continue to insist on solid practices of democracy.
America needs thoughtful and practiced patriots.
We need to replace or hold apart those in political office who do not know how to practice democracy.
THE EDUCATION OF THE WARRIOR
That mind of fearfulness
Should be put in the cradle of loving-kindness
And suckled with the profound and brilliant milk
Of eternal doubtlessness.
In the cool shade of fearlessness,
Fan it with the fan of joy and happiness.
When it grows older,
With various displays of phenomena,
Lead it to the self-existing playground.
When it grows older still,
In order to promote the primordial confidence,
Lead it to the archery range of the warriors.
When it grows older still,
To awaken primordial self-nature,
Let it see the society of men
Which possesses beauty and dignity.
Then the fearful mind
Can change into the warrior's mind,
And that eternally youthful confidence
Can expand into space without beginning or end.
At that point it sees the Great Eastern Sun.
(--Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche (Shambhala: The Sacred Path of the Warrior))
After watching on Netflix A Life on Our Planet: My Witness Statement and a Vision for the Future (2020, I remain in awe of both the beauty and the predicament of nature, and an individual man’s witness commitment to the whole of it.
|David Attenborough: A Life on Our Planet|
|Narrated by||David Attenborough|
|Country of origin||United Kingdom|
|Running time||83 min|
|Picture format||UHDTV 2160p|
|Original release||4 October 2020|
|Preceded by||Life in Cold Blood|
David Attenborough: A Life on Our Planet is a 2020 British documentary film narrated by David Attenborough. The film acts as a "witness statement", through which Attenborough shares first-hand his concern for the current state of the planet due to humanity's impact on nature and his hopes for the future. It was released on Netflix on 4 October 2020.
With someone like Sir David, now age 93, in the world, he, a treasure of experience, compassion, intelligence, and wisdom — it makes someone like the lame duck occupant of the White House an even more curious player on the planet.
The film is on Netflix.
Do yourself a favor.
Released on the feast of Francis of Assisi, probably not an unconsidered coincidence.
As for the gratuitous comparison of one great man with that other man, I am guilty of witnessing in one a loving gift of concern for life and wisdom on this planet, and the other, a terrible rift of self-indulgent crass uncaring narcissism tearing decency from its roots tossed on destructive fires of ignorance.
That being said, and comparisons the icky things they are, I am again reminded that it is the whole of nature and the whole of humanity that requires our compassionate wisdom.
Thank you, Sir David! Please stay longer.
Say thank you, Mr. Trump to those who’ve kept you standing...then...Please go away!
Amid the noise of jubilation and the noise of grievance, there's a need for grace and compassion.
GRACE - Cultivating Compassion While Interacting with Others, talk by Roshi Joan Halifax, time 12:46
Such important words.