But in a way, sharing in the awkwardness was sharing in our uncertainty, and sharing in the silence was sharing in our unknowing.
—Woman quoted by Jeanne Stevenson-Moessner, A Primer in Pastoral Care (2005, page 23)
Some nights I would wake up and not remember a thing, but I would feel epic and vulnerable.
—Timothy Zane Reavis, from his poem, “Apocalypse in A-Minor”
- The First Presiding Principle of Paradise is that everyone’s basic needs are met.
- Society is organized in a manner in which each participant is able by volition to maximize his or her physical, intellectual, social, and creative potential.
- The individual acts in consideration of the whole, and the whole is organized in consideration of the individual.
- Paradise preserves and celebrates the intrinsic difference between people groups and cultures, while providing the conditions for each to thrive.
- Society exists symbiotically with its natural environment to ensure the maximum longevity of the human race and the species that cohabit the Earth with it.
- The state of this Society is sought and maintained by collective and constant inquiry, adjustment, and refinement.
- IT WILL NOT BE PARADISE FOR ANYONE UNTIL IT IS PARADISE FOR EVERYONE.
Wow. The creativity and heart around us! I marvel. And am encouraged.
I can’t make this, but hope others can enjoy:
Got Spoken Word, Got Vocals, Got tunes, Got a Truth to Speak? Bring it to Open Mic for Pleiades Gallery Truth to Power Night.
FRIDAY, July 18th, 6-9pm
on Five Points Plaza, downtown Durham
109 East Chapel Hill Street
Free. Open to the public. Sign up at the stage starting at 6pm, Friday.