resistance

Le Guin

January 25, 2018
In her passing, we are beautifully reminded again that words, and how we use them, matters.
 
“We live in capitalism. Its power seems inescapable. So did the divine right of kings. Any human power can be resisted and changed by human beings. Resistance and change often begin in art, and very often in our art, the art of words.”
-Ursula Le Guin
#resistance
#change

Soften and embrace.

April 24, 2017

Only love, with no thought of return, 

can soften the point of suffering.

‘Water in its clear softness fills the whatever hole it finds. It is not skeptical or distrusting. It does not say this gully is too deep or that field is too open.

Like water, the miracle of love is that it covers whatever it touches, making the touched thing grow while leaving no trace of its touch.

Most things break instead of transform because they resist. The quiet miracle of love is that without our interference, it, like water, accepts whatever is tossed or dropped or place into it, embracing it completely.

Of course.

Of course, we are human and are easily hurt if not loved back or if loved poorly. But we waste so much of life’s energy be deliberating who and what shall be worthy of our love when in the deepest elemental sense, these choices are not in our province, anymore that rain can choose what it shall fall upon.

And over a lifetime, the pain of withholding this great and quiet force is more damaging than the pain of being rejected or loved poorly.

For love, like water, can be dammed, but toward what end?’

-Mark Nepo, The Book of Awakening

 

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