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Still I Rise

This celebrates some ideas being explored by a few friends. We are human beings who have been blessed with some wonderful aspects of the human experience, but we are also very, very aware of how difficult it is to be a fully realized human being. We could stumble as our fellows do, and, of course, we do. But we earnestly seek to live in a manner that is mindful of our place on the planet. We pray that we will make progress in this journey. We will record some of our adventures here, but some of our journey will only be recorded in our memories. Clearly we intend that our journey will involve the sharing of compassion and love and kindness generously with the friends we make in our journey. This is a good quote for us:

“I believe that imagination is stronger than knowledge. That myth is more potent than history. That dreams are more powerful than facts. That hope always triumphs over experience. That laughter is the only cure for grief. And I believe that love is stronger than death.” ~ Robert Fulghum
Our study & contemplation is organized in 122 themes. Access is easiest thru the 13 themes available thru the Facebook pages:
  1. Growth - We had a billion citizens living in urban areas on our planet in 1960. In the 50 years since then we've added 2.5 billion urban citizens and in the next 40 years we will add nearly 3 billion more. Urbanization is not bad, it is just reality. In fact, "cities (and villages) magnify humanity's strengths. They spur innovation by facilitating face-to-face interaction, they attract talent and sharpen it through competition, they encourage entrepreneurship, and they allow for social and economic mobility." (Edward Glaeser)
  2. Sustenance - Maslow postulated a heirarchy of human needs as eating, drinking, sleeping, safety, friendship, sexual intimacy, self-esteem, recognition and self-actualization. (Psychology Today)
  3. Environment - “The earth will not continue to offer its harvest, except with faithful stewardship. We cannot say we love the land and then take steps to destroy it for use by future generations.” (John Paul II)
  4. Economy - “True prosperity depends on life-serving economies that satisfy our basic material needs, maintain a sustainable balance with Earth’s natural resources, strengthen the bonds of caring communities, and support all persons in the full realization of their humanity. This requires the localization and distribution of power within a framework of responsible citizenship and international cooperation. It is wholly within our means- and consistent with human nature - to create such economies.” (David C. Korten, The Great Turning: From Empire To Earth Community, 2006, P.303)
  5. Ingenuity - "If we were logical the future would be bleak indeed. But we are more than logical. We are human beings, and we have faith, and we have hope, and we have work." (Jacques Yves Cousteau)
  6. Other - These are bigger fields of resources available to us. Beyond this lies the world wide web providing vast additional resources, and many formidable insitutions, and centuries of preparation.
  7. Sufficiency - Collaboration, not competition, is the royal road to the wholeness that hallmarks healthy systems in the world. Collaboration calls for empathy and solidarity, and ultimately for love. We are part of the same whole and so are part of each other. (Ervin Laszlo)
  8. Memory - “Memory” is the basis for both pain and rejoicing: We cannot have one without the other, it seems. And, “We are not very good at recognizing illusions, least of all the ones we cherish about ourselves.” (Thomas Merton, Source: New Seeds of Contemplation).
  9. Mystery - “Mystery” is a word we can use for the world we seek thru faith, spirituality & religion. It also helps identify our puzzlement about “the human condition”.
  10. Meaning - "A man who becomes conscious of the responsibility he bears toward a human being who affectionately waits for him, or to an unfinished work, will never be able to throw away his life. He knows the "why" for his existence, and will be able to bear almost any "how." (p.127 of Viktor Frankl's book "Man's Search for Meaning")
  11. Women - We have a growing awareness that whereever the world is growing more peaceful, whereever it is healing, women are playing an important role. Some of us are concluding that the empowerment and protection of women in places that are hurting should be a very high priority. We haven't been able to stop violence and abuse in Darfur, in Rwanda, in the Congo, in Somalia, in Zimbabwe, in Haiti, in Syria, in Nigeria; maybe our effort should go to ensure that those who are likely to have the will for rebuilding can do so.
  12. Peace - Dr. Martin Luther King's Beloved Community is a global vision, in which all people can share in the wealth of the earth. In the Beloved Community, poverty, hunger and homelessness will not be tolerated because international standards of human decency will not allow it. Racism and all forms of discrimination, bigotry and prejudice will be replaced by an all-inclusive spirit of sisterhood and brotherhood. In the Beloved Community, international disputes will be resolved by peaceful conflict-resolution and reconciliation of adversaries, instead of military power. Love and trust will triumph over fear and hatred. Peace with justice will prevail over war and military conflict. (July 13, 1966, The King Center)
  13. Resources - These are bigger fields of resources available to us. Beyond this lies the world wide web providing vast additional resources, and many formidable insitutions, and centuries of preparation.
People who have inspired or contributed to this include: Chris Jacoby (US), Carline Philemond (Haiti & US), Melanie Rogers Jimenez (US), Frank Moore (US), David Wells (US), Carl House (US), Darly Pierre (Haiti & US), Xiao Xiao Yona (China & US), William Laney (US), and Jeffrey House (everywhere). Any of these people plus any soon newcomers can be said to be among the founders of this effort. If you would like to comment on these links or add new links with your comments, go to ,http://fuzzymaps.net Attempting to raise funds thru this website is forbidden. Admins will take appropriate action for any fundraising attempts or inappropriate posts.


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