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#300 - Righting
A deviation of a hair’s breadth at the center
Leads to an error of a hundred miles at the rim.
When the effort is so slight,
Why should you hesitate to set things right?
There are many people who endeavor to know Tao. In the greatest sincerity, they take music lessons, read scriptures, learn foreign languages, study nutrition, change their dress, and go to temples—all in hopes that they will reach Tao. Sadly, they miss it by a hair’s breadth. For a person to awaken to Tao, someone must give them a spark. Perhaps this is what is called direct transmission. It is odd, but this is the only way that knowledge of Tao is passed on.
Book knowledge can help and give one a deep theoretical background, but the true understanding of Tao still comes person to person. There is no other way.
So if you have any true understanding of Tao, you got it from someone. If you meet someone else who needs that spark and you are in the position to give it, then do so. Don’t be selfish. There are so many people out there who want guidance and who cannot get it. If you can make a difference for at least one person, then you have tremendous merit indeed.
A deviation of a hair’s breadth at the center leads to an error of a hundred miles at the rim. When the effort is so slight, why should you hesitate to set things right? That’s powerful stuff right there. So many times in history, as in nature, a tiny, insignificant event has led to profound changes no one could have seen coming.
Could we one day write about how a small protest in Zuccotti Park changed the world? Or maybe how the case of Scot Olsen, one in crowd of many, changed the way we look at police brutality and governance once again? Let’s hope so. What small thing, what seed, will eventually grow it’s way into being remembered as the catalyst for real change for our societies? That’s right, societies. Plural. Humanity. Humans. This is no longer a protest on Wall Street. It’s a global awakening, a Righting of wrongs too long ignored. A Righting for people, the earth, and a purging of all those who have profited from their abuse.
Warning: this video might shock you.
This is not ok.
The man laying on the ground is Iraq War veteran Scot Olsen, who was shot in the head by a tear gas canister which fractured his skull and left him in critical condition.
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Russell Brand on OccupyWallStreet
This is so much more fun if you read it in his voice.
Wow. Close to home! I’m so glad no one got hurt.
PORTLAND — Occupy Maine protesters say Sunday morning’s attack with a chemical explosive has left them with a mixture of anxiety and resolve.
“We are more motivated to keep doing what we’re doing,” said Stephanie Wilburn, of Portland, who was sitting near where the chemical mixture in a Gatorade bottle was tossed at 4 a.m. Sunday. “They have heard us and we’re making a difference.”
Wilburn said she was startled and briefly lost hearing in her left ear when the device exploded beneath a table about 10 feet away. Wilburn’s hearing returned and police said no injuries were reported.
Portland police Sgt. Glen McGary said the bomb was thrown into the camp’s kitchen, a tarped area where food is cooked and served. Protest organizers said the explosion lifted a large table about a foot off the ground.
George Carlin: “It’s called the American Dream, because you have to be asleep to believe it.”
holy shit. my favorite video ever.
that was beautiful
Timely, yet also timeless. Great video.
Bill O’Reilly telling Cornel West and Tavis Smiley that Wall Street committed no crime. [video]
Great screencap or greatest screencap?
A tumblr wherein the 1% come out in support of the 99%. Not a joke. It’s real.
Been hearing way too much of this lately..for so many people it’s not a choice!
— James Baldwin
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