Moral compass

Moral compass

It dives into the core of what makes us human; being able to feel for one another, to feel an intense compassion for someone else, to vibrate according to a higher sense of consciousness. It goes beyond human laws, beyond  social norms, beyond the demands of an authority figure. It calls us to action according solely on our conscience. It calls us to be vigilant in regards to possible wrong turns, to possible wrongdoings. It calls us to differentiate between what is good versus what is wrong based on convictions and integrity. It helps us, by giving us the courage to act accordingly. This God given soul keeping tool can become defective when it is underutilized or worse; when it is forgotten or cast aside as a nuisance, a thing from a past long gone. How functional is our moral compass as a society and as individuals? Perhaps a little tune-up is in need…

Poetry and Quotes

Courage is the most important of all the virtues because without courage, you can’t practice any other virtue consistently.

 Maya Angelou

It is only necessary to make war with five things; with the maladies of the body, the ignorances of the mind, with the passions of the body, with the seditions of the city and the discords of families.

Pythagoras

Let Us be

There is room in the world for loving:
there is no room for hate.
There is room in the world for sharing;
there is no room for greed.
There is room for justice;
no room for privilege.
There is room for compassion;
no room for pride.
The world is ample enough for the needs of all;
too small for the greed of a few.
Let us learn that we depend on each other;
that the eye cannot say to the hand
‘I need you not.’
Let us be delicate with persons.
Let us touch the earth lightly with hands like
petals.
Let us speak softly and carry no stick.
Let us open the clenched fist and extend the
open palm.
Let us mourn till others are comforted,
weep till others laugh.
Let us be sleepless till all can sleep untroubled.
Let us be meek till all stand up in pride.
Let us be frugal till all are filled.
Let us give till all have received.
Let us make no claims till all have had their due.
Let us be slaves till all are free.
Let us lay down our lives
till others have life abundantly.
Let us be restless for others, serene within
ourselves.
Let us be as gods.

John Harriott in A World of Prayer: Spiritual Leaders, Activists, and Humanitarians Share their Favorite Prayers by Rosalind Bradley

We delight in the beauty of the butterfly, but rarely admit the changes it has gone through to achieve that beauty

 Maya Angelou

Conscience is closely akin to consciousness. In fact, it could be called moral consciousness, as distinguished from psychological consciousness. Psychological consciousness makes us aware of what we do; it reports to us the action we perform. Moral consciousness or conscience “tells us not only that we act and how we act, but how well we act.” Conscience goes beyond a simple awareness of what we have done to a judgment about the values or disvalues embodied in our actions.

William H. ShannonChristine M. BochenPatrick F. O’ConnellThe Thomas Merton Encyclopedia by William H. Shannon, editorChristine M. Bochen, editorPatrick F. O’Connell, editor

Deliver me from my own shadows, my Lord,

from the wrecks and confusion of my days.

Rabindranath Tagore in The Little Book of Prayers by David Schiller

Liberty needs glasses

Excuse me but lady liberty needs glasses
and so does mrs justice by her side
both the broads r blind as bats
stumbling thru the system
justice bumbed into mutulu and
trippin on geronimo pratt
but stepped right over oliver
and his crooked partner ronnie
justice stubbed her big toe on mandela
and liberty was misquoted by the indians
slavery was a learning phase
forgotten with out a verdict
while justice is on a rampage
4 endangered surviving black males
i mean really if anyone really valued life
and cared about the masses
theyd take em both 2 pen optical
and get 2 pair of glasses

 Tupac Shakur

The more you try to control something, the more it controls you. Free yourself and let things take their own natural course.

Unknown

If someone says that he cares for some individual, community or cause, but is unwilling to risk harm or danger on his, her or its behalf, he puts into question the genuineness of his care and concern. Courage, the capacity to risk harm or danger to oneself, has its role in human life because of this connection with care and concern

Alasdair MacIntyre, After Virtue: A Study in Moral Theory

I freed a thousand slaves.

I could have freed a thousand more

if only they knew they were slaves.

Harriet Tubman, American Abolitionist (1820-1913)
MC interventions

Pains from our past