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“The plain fact is that the planet does not need more successful people. But it does desperately need more peacemakers, healers, restorers, storytellers, and lovers of every kind. It needs people who live well in their places. It needs people of moral courage willing to join the fight to make the world habitable and humane. And these qualities have little to do with success as we have defined it.”

(This quote is actually from environmental scientist David Orr’s book Ecological Literacy: Educating Our Children for a Sustainable World.)

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Lasst euer Leben sprechen!

“Let your lives preach” ist ein Zitat aus einem der vielen Briefe, die George Fox an die frühen Quäker richtete. (Vol. 1; 200)

Let your lives preach! - A homeless person near the Capitol in Washington DC.
Let your lives preach! – Eine obdachlose Person in Washington DC.

Unser Friedenszeugnis ist unsere Art, wie wir in der Welt leben, wie wir diese Welt sehen und wie wir diese Welt verändern.

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Warum also sollte ich mir Sorgen machen?
Es ist nicht meine Angelegenheit, an mich zu denken.
Meine Angelegenheit ist es an Gott zu denken.
Es ist Gottes Sache an mich zu denken. (Simone Weil)

(English version below)

Zitat aus: Mystik und Widerstand: Du Stilles Geschrei, von Dorothee Sölle

Experiments in living - multicultural lichen colony with a funny face on Boothia Peninsula, Nunavut.
Lichen colony in an inhospitable environment on Boothia Peninsula, Nunavut.

„Why should I be anxious?
It is not up to me to think of myself.
It is up to me to think of God.
And it is up to God to think of me.” (translation by Barbara and Martin Rumscheidt)

Quote from: The Silent Cry: Mysticism and Resistance by Dorothee Soelle

what is truth?“At the center of our being is a point of nothingness which is untouched by sin and by illusion, a point of pure truth, a point or spark which belongs entirely to God, which is never at our disposal, from which God disposes our lives, which is inaccessible to the fantasies of our own mind or the brutalities of our own will. This little point of nothingness and of absolute poverty is the pure glory of God in us… It is like a pure diamond, blazing with the invisible light of heaven. It is in everybody, and if we could see it we would see these billions of points of light coming together in the face and blaze of a sun that would make all the darkness and cruelty of life vanish completely…I have no program for this seeing. It is only given. But the gate of heaven is everywhere.”

Thomas Merton, Conjectures of a Guilty Bystander, 1968

.For more of my own writing related to the above quote, please follow the links below:

The significance of the insignificance of self

Die Bedeutung der Geringfügigkeit des Selbst (in German)