the moral fighting shape



have lost the

power even of imagining what

the ancient idealization of poverty could

have meant: the liberation from material attachments,

the unbribed soul, the manlier indifference, the paying our way

by what we are or do and not by what we have, the right to

fling away our life at any moment irresponsibly—

the more athletic trim, in short,

the moral fighting



William James


happy in hardship



in quietude is

not real calm; when

you can be calm in the

midst of activity, this is the

true state of nature. Happiness

in comfort is not real happiness;

when you can be happy in the

midst of hardship, then you

see the true potential

of the mind.
Huanchu Daoren


Ua Mau ke Ea o ka ‘Aina I ka Pono



our occupation,

each of us has a vocation,

a calling toward sacred service.

This calling may be understood as our

life’s purpose, our personal contribution to

the transformation of the world. Spiritual chivalry

is the cultivation of our capacity to answer the call.

It is to swear oneself body, heart, and soul to the

ideals of truth, justice, peace, and beauty,

and thus sworn, to go forth

into the battle

of life.


Pir Zia Inayat-Khan


you could make this place beautiful


Life is short,

though I keep this from my children.

Life is short, and I’ve shortened mine

in a thousand delicious, ill-advised ways,

a thousand deliciously ill-advised ways

I’ll keep from my children. The world is at least

fifty percent terrible, and that’s a conservative

estimate, though I keep this from my children.

For every bird there is a stone thrown at a bird.

For every loved child, a child broken, bagged,

sunk in a lake. Life is short and the world

is at least half terrible, and for every kind

stranger, there is one who would break you,

though I keep this from my children. I am trying

to sell them the world. Any decent realtor,

walking you through a real shithole, chirps on

about good bones: This place could be beautiful,

right? You could make this place



Maggie Smith


tao makes the whole world one

kevin peterson


Tao is a

whirling emptiness, yet

when used it cannot be exhausted.

Out of this mysterious well

flows everything in




sharp edges, untangling

knots, softening the glare, it

evolves us all and makes

the whole world



Something is

there, hidden and 

But I do not know whose

child it is — icame

even before



from The Tao te Ching of Lao Tzu,

Chapter 4


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