If we were consciously aware of what we really know about ourselves and others, we could not go on living as we do, accepting so many lies. ~Erich Fromm, from To Have or To Be?

There are so many things we are unaware of, and must be, to live in the world.  If I consciously attended to the news about our president’s war, deeply felt the planet’s anguish, held those in distress close to my heart, how could I happily eat the carrot salad I had for dinner, or drive 75 miles one way to work?  I am drawn to expanding my heart and practicing compassion, and at the same time terrified of letting in what hurts.


3 Responses to Lies

  1. Teresa says:

    Didn’t our generation watch the Vietnam war on t.v. with Walter Cronkite hosting while eating Ho Hos and smoking pot? Let’s face it, Americans have become so jaded that we can watch or listen to any damn thing we want to and then just go off and have a few beers. It’s been like that since Vietnam, and it’s terrifying. But what can we do?

    Even worse, the next generation is so disengaged that they aren’t even bothering to watch t.v. Instead they are playing that virtual life game on the internet and making up their entire lives. Then, Grandma dies (in real life) and it’s not nearly as important as your virtual boyfriend breaking up with you. And THAT’S the way it is, Walter.

  2. Stacie says:

    When we look at our actions and words we must look closely at our INTENT. Is what we are about to do or say harmful? or is it intended to be kind and compassionate. This is harder at times than it might seem. Because there are times when we have been hurt or someone we love has been hurt, and we just want to lash out. Our intention is negative and harmful….but oh, so tempting! It is so important to be mindful of all of our actions and words. Be true to yourself. Without hurting another.

  3. quotesqueen says:

    Sam has far more awareness & less ability to filter than I, which makes it harder for him to live “out there” in the world. He sees not only what’s in front of him, but what’s behind it, and he can’t help seeing. In some ways I am grateful for the ability to filter so that I can survive in society, but the older I get, the more I want to see, feel morally compelled to see.

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