by Wendell Berry"It is useless to try to adjudicate a long-standing animosity by asking who started it or who is the most wrong.The only sufficient answer is to give up the animosity and try forgiveness,k to try to love our enemies and to talk to them and (if we pray) to pray for them.If we can't do any of that, then we must begin again by trying to imagine our enemies' children who, like our children, are in mortal danger because of enmity that they did not cause.
"We can no longer afford to confuse peaceability with passivity.Authentic peace is no more passive than war.Like war, it calls for discipline and intelligence and strength of character, though it calls also for higher principles and aims.If we are serious about peace, then we must work for it as ardently, seriously, continuously, carefully, and bravely as we have ever prepared for war." - Wendell Berry
"American TV news is our contemporary palantir [one of the magical orbs in Lord of the Rings that selectively reveal distant events drawing Saruman to corruption and Denethor to despair:]....Corporate TVs skewed accounts of 'reality' invade and shrivel our imaginations daily.Many suspect this, yet too often accept it, indulge in it, sink into it.Corporate-owned network news is systematically disheartening, its influence insidious" -David James Duncan
"We can do no great things—only small things, with great love." -Mother Theresa
"Don't let the tings you can't do interfere with the things you can do." -Johnny Wooden, legendary UCLA basketball coach
Duncan's essay especially is convicting, heartbreaking, and inspiring in waysa quotation or summary cannot convey.Let me know if you'd like to borrow the book.I'd be happy to lend.
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