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Originally posted by calihan_12
yeah unfortunate as it is... i think the only thing we as citizens can do is come together and fight for what we believe in. I mean, really fight. Fight the hell out of it.
I think a revolution is needed. Im not afraid of it at all, I welcome it.
Originally posted by MagnumOverDrive
Build a better mousetrap.
Invent new technologies to make our lives better.
Make billions of dollars and do what you want with the money.
Build schools, hospitals , concert halls and churches if you want.
That is how it is done!
Nobody is going to hate and kill you for that !
Stop talking and start doing!
Thomas Merton (31 January 1915 – 10 December 1968) was a 20th century American Catholic writer. A Trappist monk of the Abbey of Gethsemani, Kentucky, he was a poet, social activist and student of comparative religion. He wrote more than 70 books, mostly on spirituality, as well as scores of essays and reviews. Merton was a keen proponent of interfaith understanding. He pioneered dialogue with prominent Asian spiritual figures, including the Dalai Lama, D.T. Suzuki, the Japanese writer on the Zen tradition, and the Vietnamese monk Thich Nhat Hanh. Merton is the subject of several biographies.
During his long years at Gethsemani Merton changed from the passionately inward-looking young monk of The Seven Storey Mountain, to a more contemplative writer and poet. Merton became well known for his dialogues with other faiths and his non-violent stand during the race riots and Vietnam War of the 1960s. Merton finally achieved the solitude he had long desired while living in a hermitage on the monastery grounds in 1965. Over the years he had some battles with some of his abbots about not being allowed out of the monastery, balanced by his international reputation and voluminous correspondence with many well-known figures of the day.
Rev. Flavian Burns, the new abbot, allowed him the freedom to undertake a tour of Asia at the end of 1968, during which he met the Dalai Lama in India. He also made a visit to Polonnaruwa (in what was then Ceylon), where he had a religious experience while viewing enormous statues of the Buddha. There is speculation that Merton wished to remain in Asia as a hermit. It is also said[who?] that Merton had planned to visit Cid Corman in Kyoto, Japan but never achieved that goal.
Merton died in Bangkok on December 10, 1968 after touching a poorly grounded electric fan while stepping out of his bath. His body was flown back to Gethsemani where he is buried.
Source : Wikipedia
A large, defectively wired fan killed Merton with a current of 220 volts. It is believed he may have attempted to move it while still wet from a shower or that, slipping on the stone floor of his room, he had reached out to the fan to support himself.
If either supposition is correct, his hands would have been inevitably burned along with other parts of his body. In fact, while his torso was severely burned, his hands were untouched. Which obviously means that he had not tried to grasp or adjust the fan, and that when he collided with it he was not fully conscious: it being impossible to imagine anyone falling against a large electric fan while conscious without thrusting out his hands for protection or support.
Source : vedanticShoresPress.com
Originally posted by blunatic
something has to happen on a bigger scale than just talking and saying words. its just the truth.
[edit on 20-8-2009 by calihan_12]
Originally posted by MagnumOverDrive
Making money is not the root of all evil .
The love of money is.
You should love what you can do with it ,
to bring about the changes you desire.
Glad I made you laugh!
Originally posted by Conclusion
I think that people are looking for one person to fill the leadership role and we forget what those persons taught us. It takes more than one person. It takes us all. For instance we are so concerned with our immediate survival needs that most are not brave enough to take action.
The knowledge has been made to us that the top 10 percent of the wealthiest run the world. Would you agree? Well if you do then the answer to your question is obvious. Have the 90 percent stop working. It would be rough and hard to survive, but if you stop their source of income, the sweat from our backs, then they can't run nothing. Just a thought. It would be peaceful and lawful.