"Our modern conception of human excellence is too often impoverished, cold, and bloodless. Success does not always come from thinking more rigorously or striving harder."
— Trying Not To Try – fantastic read on the paradoxical art of serendipity and how to master it using the Chinese concept of wu-wei. (via explore-blog)
"When you plant lettuce, if it does not grow well, you don’t blame the lettuce. You look for reasons it is not doing well. It may need fertilizer, or more water, or less sun. You never blame the lettuce. Yet if we have problems with our friends or family, we blame the other person. But if we know how to take care of them, they will grow well, like the lettuce. Blaming has no positive effect at all, nor does trying to persuade using reason and argument. That is my experience. No blame, no reasoning, no argument, just understanding. If you understand, and you show that you understand, you can love, and the situation will change."
― Thích Nhất Hạnh
"That is just the way with some people. They get down on a thing when they don’t know nothing about it."
— Mark Twain, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (via bookmania)
"Sometimes we speak clumsily and create internal knots in others. Then we say, “I was just telling the truth.” It may be the truth, but if our way of speaking causes unnecessary suffering, it is not Right Speech. The truth must be presented in ways that others can accept. Words that damage or destroy are not Right Speech. Before you speak, understand the person you are speaking to. Consider each word carefully before you say anything, so that your speech is “Right” in both form and content."
— Thicht Nhat Hanh
"rural America has a big demographic problem —- young people move away for jobs, education and the freedom of the modern world. Of course that’s always been true, right? But this economy sure isn’t helping to stem the bleeding. But for some reason those salt of the earth folks seem to believe it will all be fixed if only we stop taxing Wall Street investment bankers and wealthy CEOs."
— What an awesome con job … (via wilwheaton)
We really have to stop this “us v. them” mindset. It’s not getting us anywhere, just making us all afraid or distrustful of one another. The USA is unique in that it has several regional subcultures - why can’t that be a strength instead if a point of contention?
I have lived and worked both rurally and in urban environments and encourage you all / y’all to get out of your own comfort zones and find beauty and logic outside of where you’ve gotten accustomed to finding it. Gaining the trust and respect of someone entirely different from you is one of the most humbling things - try it!