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As always, a thoughtful and inspirational post, with thoughtful and inspirational responses. The Gandhi quote is wonderful, and speaks so beautifully on the topics of doing our dharma and offering service. If we cannot walk the path with love then what is the point. If we become eco-perfectionist-terrorists (to others as well as to ourselves!), then haven't we missed something? I find with many things in my life I move and change in stages. I make changes and leaps forward, and then I plateau off. Sometimes I even take a few steps back, only to move forward again when I am ready and able. As many others have mentioned, our choices send out ripples that effect the world around us. Even if one of us was able to in some way embody this idea we have of "perfection," it would not save the world. But when many of us can keep coming together and informing and inspiring each other, well then, we become a movement, a wave of change. So if you'll indulge me here for a moment, I am inspired to share this little bit of the lyrics at the end of Arlo Guthrie's song Alice's Restaurant:
And friends, somewhere in Washington enshrined in some little folder, is
a study in black and white of my fingerprints. And the only reason I'm
singing you this song now is cause you may know somebody in a similar
situation, or you may be in a similar situation, and if your in a
situation like that there's only one thing you can do and that's walk
into the shrink wherever you are ,just walk in say "Shrink, You can get
anything you want, at Alice's restaurant.". And walk out. You know, if
one person, just one person does it they may think he's really sick and
they won't take him. And if two people, two people do it, in harmony,
they may think they're both faggots and they won't take either of them.
And three people do it, three, can you imagine, three people walking in
singin a bar of Alice's Restaurant and walking out. They may think it's
an organization. And can you, can you imagine fifty people a day,I said
fifty people a day walking in singin a bar of Alice's Restaurant and
walking out. And friends they may thinks it's a movement.
And that's what it is , the Alice's Restaurant Anti-Massacre Movement,
and all you got to do to join is sing it the next time it come's around
on the guitar.
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