Friday, June 17, 2005

Ché… Camus

Che Guevara, 1963 Havana Posted by Hello

".....Absolute revolution, in fact, supposes the absolute malleability of human nature and its possible reduction to the condition of a historical force. But rebellion, in man, is the refusal to be treated as an object and to be reduced to simple historical terms.

It is the affirmation of a nature common to all men, which eludes the world of power...."
Albert Camus, The Rebel (1956)

Thursday, June 16, 2005

A mouth is not for talking

Forget the world, and so
command the world.

Be a lamp, or a lifeboat, or a ladder
help someone's soul to heal.
Walk out of your house like a shepherd.

Stay in the spiritual fire.
Let it cook you.

Be a well-baked loaf
and lord of the table.

Come and be served
to your brothers.

You have been a source of pain.
Now you'll be the delight.

You have been an unsafe house.
Now you'll be the One
who sees into the Invisible.

I said this, and a Voice came to my ear,
"if you become this, you will be That!"

Then Silence,....and now more Silence.

A mouth is not for talking.

A mouth is for tasting this Sweetness.

Jalaluddin Rumi, Ode # 3090 (translation by Coleman Barks)

Monday, June 13, 2005

Crime and Punishment

to wa7ed mn masr


And as a single leaf turns not yellow but
with the silent knowledge of the whole tree

So the wrong doer cannot be wrong
without the hidden will of you all

Gibran Khalil Gibran , The Prophet (on Crime and Punishment)

Wednesday, June 01, 2005


[ . . . . . . ]

And what is it but fragments of your own self you would discard that you may become free?

If it is an unjust law you would abolish, that law was written with your own hand upon your own forehead.

You cannot erase it by burning your law books nor by washing the foreheads of your judges, though you pour the sea upon them.

And if it is despot you would dethrone, see first that his throne erected within you is destroyed.

For how can a tyrant rule the free and the proud, but for a tyranny in their own freedom and a shame in their own pride?

And if it is a fear you would dispel, the seat of that fear is in your heart and not in the hand of the feared.

. . . . . .

Gibran Khalil Gibran, The Prophet (On Freedom)

goats rammimg the fence

to Mubarak and his thugs.......

Being without high moral standards is like
dusting one's clothes in dust
and washing one's feet in mud.

There is no way to escape from trouble.

Not knowing when to retreat is like
moths swarming on candles,
and goats ramming the fence.

How can one find peace?

from the Chinese "zen of vegetable roots"

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