Friday, September 28, 2007

Making Sense

From Margaret Wheatley's essay "From Hope to Hopelessness":

'...a quote from Rudolf Bahro that did help: "When the forms of an old culture are dying, the new culture is created by a few people who are not afraid to be insecure." Could insecurity, self-doubt, be a good trait?

Vaclev Havel helped me become further attracted to insecurity and not-knowing. "Hope," he states, "is a dimension of the soul. . . an orientation of the spirit, an orientation of the heart. It transcends the world that is immediately experienced and is anchored somewhere beyond its horizons. . . .It is not the conviction that something will turn out well, but the certainty that something makes sense regardless of how it turns out."

Thomas Merton was right: we are consoled and strengthened by being hopeless together. We don't need specific outcomes. We need each other. '

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