'A sense of humour lends you poise, it gives you balance and it helps you to bend without breaking'

(HH Pujya Gurudev Swami Chinmayananda)


MenoSundays; Life LIved Lovingly

I am scheduling this post last Tuesday morning. It is a delayed response and may well be out of date in many respects. But I cannot let the chance pass to share with you two monologues that hit the mark. The first is one of the most intelligent, unscripted discourses you could listen to with regard to the state of play in the USA - but the words and sentiments of which reverberate in all societies. I thank blogpal Janice for bringing Trevor Noah to my attention. Many of you may have already seen this. It bears listening to more than once.  (This is actually the second half of an 18-minute talk, which is available on YouTube. The initial eight or nine minutes are also worth hearing, but the nub of it is contained here.)

Be aware, this is not at all condoning looting and other 'aggro' actions; it is, though, a very reasoned and meaningful insight and is worth investing ten minutes of your time. (In case you wonder about TN's credentials for offering such commentary, you may wish to read his book - none of us who does not have direct experience can truly know...)

The second item is from last Sunday's sermon from Most Rev M B Curry. He shares thoughts on the 'pandemic of human nature', the despair it can cause - and the solution of Love with the capital 'ell'.  I attach my Eternal Prayer (click the candle - or here), in the hope you will utter it with me now and each day.



10 comments:

  1. YAM running late in my visit. Somehow Saturday got busy. Just put Salmon steaks on to marinate for supper.
    Hugs Cecilia

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  2. I do like Trevor Noah! My kids saw him in NY. I think we were babysitting. I cannot remember. xx

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  3. On a chilly, drench Sunday morning, these items will be listened to while progressing the latest knitting project. I know Trevor Noah as a comedian, but have not before heard him in serious mode.

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    1. 'dreich' not 'drench, of course. D***d autocorrect doesn't understand Scottish!

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  4. Social contract. It was also addressed by Morgan Freeman in one episode of the series The Story of Us; the social contract by which we select leaders and agree to be governed by them. That episode also discussed the rise in populism and why populist vote winners are not 'leaders' because they address the interests of only those who promoted them, not of society as a whole. The basis of a social contract is that even those who don't get their choice of leader (minority lets say) are part of society, and leaders in the true sense of the concept are there to ensure the cohesion and benefit to everyone in it of a whole (and wholesome) society. Thank you for finding and sharing another block in my wall of thinking and understanding on this. I'd like to study it further and am germinating the seed of an idea to go back to university when I 'retire' and have the time to pursue it in depth.

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    1. Hari OM
      Oh I hear you, populism and neo-conservatism is so dominant now and it is a case of 'be careful what you wish (vote) for!!! One thing I often hear is, 'what can one person do?', as a kind of surrender. What it is important to understand is that society only exists because of the individuals within it. Every individual as their part to play and every act has a consequence... Yxx

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  5. Both those clips are laden with so much of insight and meaning.
    It was interesting to listen to the 'social contract' perspective.
    Like Trevor Noah was saying George Floyd stirred so much of emotion because his life was taken away. At the same time, there are millions people all around the world who are silently suffering the brute aggression of power. It's a deep-rooted social malaise that manifests in different forms at different times in different places.
    I just hope and pray that we will never in the future hear of such a tragedy.

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  6. Trevor Noah is such a thoughtful speaker. I always enjoy listening to his opinions. He has had such a different life. May we find a way to peace, love and acceptance.

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  7. Most appropriate post for the times ~ hoping Floyd's death becomes the much needed catalyst for change for the World and the USA right now ~ so sad what some people will do with power ~

    Be Safe, Be Well,
    A ShutterBug Explores,
    aka (A Creative Harbor)

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  8. So pleased you received something of merit from my blog. namaste, janice xx

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