On Being Blog
Sketchnotes of On Being interview with wildlife conservationist Alan Rabinowitz.
Civil society depends on the mental, spiritual and moral health of the stranger. Rule of law is a privilege, a blessing, not a birthright.
— ~Krista Tippett, from her Twitter feed
“No tears in the writer, no tears in the reader. No surprise for the writer, no surprise for the reader. For me the initial delight is in the surprise of remembering something I didn’t know I knew. I am in a place, in a situation, as if I had materialized from cloud or risen out of the ground. There is a glad recognition of the long lost and the rest follows. Step by step the wonder of unexpected supply keeps growing. The impressions most useful to my purpose seem always those I was unaware of and so made no note of at the time when taken, and the conclusion is come to that like giants we are always hurling experience ahead of us to pave the future with against the day when we may want to strike a line of purpose across it for somewhere.”
~Robert Frost from The Robert Frost Reader: Poetry and Prose
Photo by Stan Wiechers / Flickr, cc by-sa 2.0
David Campbell’s paintings from his series “The Idiot” will make you laugh. Come on, a dude in repose sucking a lollipop while bouncing a beach ball is knee-slappin’ funny!
And some of his titles are even more humorous when paired with his painting. Granted, it’s an odd humor at times. “Touching My Wife’s Hair While She Sleeps” is kind of creepy, yes, but I love that the artist doesn’t take himself too seriously.
They are rather strange and slightly awkward — and they’re utterly beautiful.
(h/t to Tamara Brantmeier)
“Learning to let go should be learned before learning to get. Life should be touched, not strangled. You’ve got to relax, let it happen at times, and at others move forward with it.”
~Ray Bradbury from Farewell Summer
photo by Thomas Leuthard/ Flickr, cc by-nc-nd 2.0
“Calvin says that God takes an aesthetic pleasure in people. There’s no reason to imagine that God would choose to surround himself into infinite time with people whose only distinction is that they fail to transgress. King David, for example, was up to a lot of no good. To think that only faultless people are worthwhile seems like an incredible exclusion of almost everything of deep value in the human saga. Sometimes I can’t believe the narrowness that has been attributed to God in terms of what he would approve and disapprove.”
~Marilynne Robinson from The Paris Review
Hear more of Marilynne Robinson in The Mystery We Are
Photo by Trân Tú Nguyễn / Flickr, cc by-nc-sa 2.0
“Any law that uplifts human personality is just. Any law that degrades human personality is unjust.”
~Martin Luther King, Jr., “Letter from Birmingham Jail”
What I’m reading today courtesy of The Faith & Politics Institute’s Congressional Civil Rights Pilgrimage.
~Trent Gilliss, senior editor