The Devil at Noon

What could be more boring than being alone in some hermit's cell in the middle of some vast wilderness, with nothing left to do to divert oneself any longer, the long hours of the afternoon spreading out endlessly before one?Nothing else could even be as boring, surely. Unless . . .

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From Striking Back to Witnessing: The Freeing Power of Words

Jimmy Santiago Baca's story of his imprisonment is, in fact, a demonstration of the total failure of the entire system of which prisons are a part. That is not a failure of that system to "serve" Jimmy or others like him, or the broader society of which they and all of us are a part. Rather it is failure of the system at issue to do exactly what it is designed to do, even if there were never any conscious designers. It is the failure to that system to disempower those to whom it applies itself. 

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Liberating Imprisonment

Those who erect prisons and then lock people up within them may, altogether irrespective of the prison-builders' own intentions, end up liberating the very persons they have so imprisoned. Those whom such prisons are designed to hold captive may, through that very captivity, find themselves set free at last--inalienably so: never again at risk of being held captive by any captors. Henceforth, their capacity will always exceed their captivity, springing open their prison doors, no matter how tightly locked they may remain.

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Basic Training--and Training, Basically

Training is conditioning for doing determined things in determined settings in order to achieve determined ends. It is not pursued for its own sake, but always for the sake of something else. To train is to make "fit" for doing something, "qualified" or "proficient" at doing it, able to do it effectively with reliable regularity.

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Learning Who We Are

So who are we? The answer given to that question depends on the eyes through which we are being viewed. If we are seen through the eye of modern science, then what we are is only what is measurable and quantifiable about us at any given moment. If, however, we are viewed not through the eye of science but through the eye of love, then we are something else altogether.  What love sees in us is not limited to what we have already achieved, to the actuality of us at the moment we are seen. What loves sees in us is all that of which we are capable--our full potential, regardless of how much of that defining potential we may have actualized at any given time, or even all that we may actualize throughout our entire lifetime.

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