Multifaith Panel members at Rostered Leaders Retreat, Camp Calumet Retreat Center, Lake Ossippee NH.
"The disparity has widened since the recovery began in mid-2009. The richest 10% of Americans earned a larger share of income last year than at any time since 1917, according to Emmanuel Saez, an economist at the University of California at Berkeley. Those in the top one-tenth of income distribution made at least $146,000 in 2012, almost 12 times what those in the bottom tenth made, Census Bureau data show. […] While [college graduates] earn more than those with less schooling, they’ve seen no real wage growth in recent years." –Rich Miller And Michelle Jamrisko, Bloomberg News
Why then, why there,
Why thus, we cry, did he die?
The heavens are silent.
What he has, he was:
What he is fated to become
Depends on us
Remembering his death,
How we choose to live
Will decide its meaning.
When a just man dies,
Lamentation and praise,
Sorrow and joy, are one.
When Malala Yousefzai heard she was being targeted by the Taliban for her social activism on behalf of girls’ education in Pakistan, she began to imagine what she would do if a Talib approached her, and threatened her. First she thought, “I know! I’ll hit him with my shoe!” But then she reconsidered. ’If I were to hit him with my shoe, I would be no better than him; responding to violence with violence. No,’ she concluded in her mind, ‘I will speak to him. I will tell him that I wish for his daughters the same opportunity I am working for; the right to an education. And then let him do to me what he wishes.’ Her powerful voice of reason, respect, dignity, passion and compassion have not been silenced.
The human ego prefers anything, just about anything, to falling or changing or dying. The ego is that part of you that loves the status quo, even when it is not working.
Adapted from Falling Upward: A Spirituality for the Two Halves of Life,pp. xxiii-xxiv
Adapted from Falling Upward: A Spirituality for the Two Halves of Life,