A Reason for Hope

With all that has happened in our country it feels good to read something hopeful. I had the opportunity to meet Jan Phillips a few years ago when my daughter Heidi invited her to offer a retreat for artists. I was lucky enough to be the transportation to her next gig. It allowed me to get to know her in a more intimate way, I should say, it allowed her to get to me in a more intimate way. I think she is a bit of a no nonsense, no excuses person when in the role of prodding artists to make their marks in the world.

The Art of Original Thinking by Phillips is the new selection for my book club. It is a wordy piece. I can only take a few pages at a time. What I find so encouraging is that Phillips lists multiple organizations and businesses that have taken on a new way of acting in the world by putting service and care for the environment before profit. Compassion, rather than competition, is what inspires their workers to do their best. Meanwhile, their ultraism is paying off in their profits and in the enthusiasm of their workforce. I would call this changing the world from the bottom up, grass roots activism, a step forward in the consciousness of the world.

I would like to spread a bit of her optimism and hope by sharing some of the quotes she uses in her text. I hope it brightens your days ahead.

“You can’t have a world where 50 percent of the people are dieting and 50 percent of the people are starving if you want stability.” John Shelby Spong

“By reinventing capitalism and injecting our own souls into the machine, you and I can raise the bar of human possibility.” Howard Bloom

“Whoever saves on life, saves world entire.” The Talmud.

“Almost everything we do is religious act, from the time we get up to the time we go to sleep.” Hopi elder.

“Those who do original work in any field do so because they mine themselves deeply and bring up what is personal.” Ralph Steiner

“The physics of one era is the metaphysics of the next…The belief that there is only one truth and that oneself is in possession of it seems to me the deepest root of all the evil that is in the world.” Max Born

“Perhaps the ultimate enterprise of the twenty-first century will be the establishment of a tranquility base, not on the moon, but within mankind.” Kenneth R. Pelletier

It is my hope that there is reason for Phillips optimism. We need a tipping point, where good beings to win over evil, love silences hate, and justice becomes the norm.


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