So here I am, waiting for the magical mystery tout, seeing the neighbor cats playing in the back yard, hearing the birdies singing, and wondering..
Are they happy?
I don’t know.
But I think it would be safe to say they aren’t unhappy. They aren’t struggling to be something they are not, or afraid that something is gonna come along and destroy them.
Is this not one of the the ways God want us to live?
I’m not the only one to think this way….. and I think we’d all be happier if more of us did.
Song of Myself #32 (excerpt) — Walt Whitman
I think I could turn and live with animals, they are so placid and
I stand and look at them long and long.
They do not sweat and whine about their condition,
They do not lie awake in the dark and weep for their sins,
They do not make me sick discussing their duty to God,
Not one is dissatisfied, not one is demented with the mania of owning things,
Not one kneels to another, nor to his kind that lived thousands of years ago,
Not one is respectable or unhappy over the whole earth.
~ Walt Whitman ~
(Song of Myself, #32)
The commandments, “You shall not commit adultery; You shall not murder; You shall not steal; You shall not covet,” and any other commandment, are summed up in this word, “Love your neighbor as yourself.”
– Romans 13:9
I object to violence because when it appears to do good, the good is only temporary — the evil it does is permanent.
– Mahatma Gandhi
In many parts of the world the people are searching for a solution which would link the two basic values: peace and justice. The two are like bread and salt for mankind.
– Lech Walesa
from his Nobel Lecture
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