Parker Palmer

w17-1-25-bi-parker-palmer-campbellParker Palmer, writer and activist, became known to me through his writings
about depression.  I  find him grounding and thought-provoking.  His thoughts on the current state we find ourselves in are most comforting:

“How do I stay engaged and whole on the shadow side of democracy? I’ve been putting that question to my soul, and the response has been unnerving. It seems I’m being called to become a “patriot,” a word I scrapped years ago when it was co-opted by the “God, Guns, Guts, and Glory” gang. But a passage about patriotism by pastor/activist William Sloane Coffin — who spoke in the voice of the soul — has me looking for ways to reclaim that word for myself:

There are three kinds of patriots, two bad, one good. The bad ones are the uncritical lovers and the loveless critics. Good patriots carry on a lover’s quarrel with their country, a reflection of God’s lover’s quarrel with the world.

What would it mean to have a “lover’s quarrel” with my country right now, animated by the fierce love my soul would affirm?”

For his answer, read on in ONBEING!

Bright Ideas multi-color journal,
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5 Responses to Parker Palmer

  1. joey says:

    It’s imperative we have pages to turn to where we know we can relate.

  2. dweezer19 says:

    I was thinking anout this dilemma as I walked in the sunshine today and the thought that finally seeded itself in my soul is that human beings need to (sadly never will) accept the fact that there is no one resolution to all of our social and economic issues. The very nature of humanity is a contradiction. When we are all fighting inn er battles between darkness and Light, what makes any of us thi k we have the definitive answer to all of the world’s problems. It will never be at peace because the individual soul struggles for peace. If we could accept that fact rather than constantly looking for the “fix” for everything, which is so subject to any particular point of view in any number of infinite moments in time, then we could ccept one another without constantly trying to change one another based on judgment and stipulation. We have to have order and rules but there will always be chaos on the fringe. There are no walls tall enough to keep it out. It comes from within any given human. Just like a criminal will always be there, a terrorist doesn’t come from outside our borders by default. We have been terrorized from within but no one acknowledges them except that they were disturbed or mentally ill. Anyone who kills is mentally ill. The Bible says Thou shalt not kill and yet Christians have small print exceptions to God’s rule at every turn as do so many other religions. It is why I am non religious although spiritual in every way. Sorry so long here but I just sometimes need to express how I feel and, well, you were today’s lucky winner! Hugs. Hang in there and stay warm.

    • I agree with what you are saying… it is why Buddhists are taught that if you really want to help humanity get yourself clear! All that inner crap tends to make us project all over the place. And I’ve met some other religions who somewhere in there have that tenet too. I’ve not ever cared too much in the big picture if a group of survivalist wanted to hole up and do whatever in their compound — it is when it spills over into our spaces that it is not okay, or that people are taken by force. In this case, there aer vast numbers who are beign taken and/or being sh*t upon for no good reason — if I could think of a good reason at all. I truly am a Patriot and believe in the freedoms we have the rights we have been given and that looks like it is being taken away and THAT scares the sh*t out of me and hurts for I love this country, warts and all… but the warts are taking over…

      I am happy to be tagged. Wish we lived closer!

      There is one answer to all our problems… Make me queen.

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