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Fantastic Video: What if the World Embodied its Highest Potential? What Would it Look Like?

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What if the world embodied its highest potential? What would it look like? As the structures of modern society crumble, this video contemplates a set of unexamined assumptions that form the very basis of our civilization. In a beautifully shot 25-minute retrospective, it asks us to reflect on the state of the world and ourselves–and to listen more closely to what is being asked of us at this time of unprecedented global transformation.

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Kevin Richardson – The Lion Whisperer–Astounding Video

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Kevin Richardson, zoologist and animal behaviouralist, raises and trains some of the most dangerous animals known to man. To do this he does not use the common methods of breaking the animal’s spirit with sticks and chains, instead he uses love, understanding and trust. With this unusual method of training he has developed some exceptionally personal bonds with his students. He sleeps with lions, cuddles newborn hyenas, swims with lionesses. Kevin can confidently look into their eyes, crouch to the their level and even lie down with them – all taboos in the normal world of wild animal handling – yet he has never been mauled or attacked. Some call him crazy; others shake their heads at his unique method of interacting with the animals. And Kevin’s secret – get to know the particular personality of each animal, what makes them angry, happy, upset, irritated – just like a mother with a child.

Kevin Richardson - The Lion Whisperer

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Catholic GLBT “Fear & Loathing” Kick ASU Priests to the Curb

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(Above: Fr. Fred Lucci interacting with a student at Table on the Mall)

Image courtesy of Phoenix Catholic Sun http://tinyurl.com/lzwpwy

(Above: Fr. James Thompson poses in front of the chapel on campus)
Dear Friends & Family,

You may know me personally, many of you are my friends, and many more are my family. Some of you I just know through passing, some of you I don’t know at all.  What I do know is that I have a message of shared injustice that I am urging you to peacefully act on. Most recently I was informed that the religious center (All Saint’s Catholic Newman Center; Tempe, AZ) that I attended in college  is being forcefully taken over, due in large part to their tolerance and acceptance of GLBT (Gay, Lesbian, Bi-sexual, Tran-sexual) Catholics. You can read more about the takeover here: http://spirituallife.freedomblogging.com/2009/07/06/catholic-bishop-moves-against-gay-friendly-newman-center-at-asu/771/

Some of you define yourselves as Christians, others Muslim, Jews, Buddhists, Atheists, etc. Our differences are many, strong, and daily stand to divide us.  Unfortunately, we live in a world today that embraces these differences and encourages the wrongness (& hatred) of others beliefs & values often based simply on our own squeued beliefs. However, we often forget to take into account the one thing that we all have in common: our greater capacity for good and love in this world.

We are unconsciously united by love. We love our children, our husbands, sisters, brothers, aunts, uncles, cousins, ourselves…

For Christians, Jesus expressed love when he said “You have heard the law that says, ‘Love your neighbor’ and hate your enemy. But I say, love your enemies! Pray for those who persecute you! In that way, you will be acting as true children of your Father in heaven. For he gives his sunlight to both the evil and the good, and he sends rain on the just and the unjust alike. ” Matthew 5:43-45

The Qu’ran also speaks of love & compassion “And what will explain to you what the steep path is? It is the freeing of a (slave) from bondage; or the giving of food in a day of famine to an orphan relative, or to a needy in distress. Then will he be of those who believe, enjoin fortitude and encourage kindness and compassion.” Chapter 90, Verses 12-17. Sufi Muslims spread the message of divine love(Ishq).

The Jewish Torah states that you should “Love your neighbor like yourself” (Leviticus 19:18). (Hesed, Avava)

Buddhists believe that “you should conquer the angry man by love.”

Hindu’s have nine forms of love (devotions) that they call bhakti.

Atheists don’t deny the power of a lingering kiss or the warm comfort a friend provides during a time of grief. All expressions of love.

The point of course being that we all love, that we are encouraged to love, called to love, even commanded to love. Even if the individual you love has an opinion, religion, or sexuality you don’t trust, prefer, or believe in. I find it a disgrace then that the very love and compassion that we are enabled with and told by all major religions to use is twisted by officials in high power as a message of hatred and intolerance. I am left with many questions. Are we not supposed to love one another and welcome them? Are we supposed to slam the door in our brothers & sisters faces and let them know they are not loved because of their sexuality? What message does this send? How does this further anyone?

I am strongly opposed to the blatant takeover of the Arizona State University All Saint’s Catholic Newman Center by Bishop Thomas Olmsted & the removal of Dominican Pastors, Father Fred Lucci & Father James Thompson for acts of tolerance and compassion. I am asking you to please pass this message on to your friends, family, close acquaintances, GLBT organizations, and strangers you meet in passing. Please spread the word about this act of injustice.
If you are called to it, I ask that you peacefully protest this decision by writing to the Phoenix Diocese at Contact-Us@diocesephoenix.org or calling 602-354-2000. I also encourage you to make your local GLBT organizations & publications aware of this. Feel free to contact your local congressmen and women and express your disappointment.

Read more here:
http://www.examiner.com/x-7216-Phoenix-Catholic-Examiner~y2009m7d6-Diocese-to-assume-control-of-All-Saints-Catholic-Newman-Center

http://www.newman-asu.org/

http://www.azcentral.com/news/articles/2009/07/07/20090707newmancenter0707.html

Thank you for your time!

Sincerely in faith & love,

Nicole R. Peppin



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Without a Prayer: The Voice of a Swahili Boy Travels Far

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When I started studying Swahili in the early 1980s, it never occurred to me that I would end up in psychoanalytic training. It never occurred to me that I would end up in Africa either. I took Swahili for the credits (extra were given for beginning languages at my university). Plus, the professor had developed his own method: attendance was mandatory, but there was no reading or writing. Instead we bantered and bartered, covering our seminar table with potatoes, earrings, forks and baby dolls. As he said, “The word you need jumps into your mind before you know you need it.” Second-year Swahili led to a group Fulbright: eight weeks spent along the coast of Kenya, visiting the small communities of Muslims who speak Swahili as their first language.

Seven weeks in, the trip had fallen to pieces. (Safari imepasua: “the journey, it has blown apart.”) There was a water shortage on Lamu, our island home, which clogged the open-air sewers. Our instructors discussed politics on the porch of the hotel, which could have landed them in jail. The female students were sick of living under traditional coverings. I had run out of money.

At one point the group visited Pate, a tiny island of ancient coral-brick ruins. There, cowering from the sun, we endured a lecture riddled with obscure Swahili vocabulary while mangy monkeys bared their teeth at one another. Little boys in dirty white robes and skullcaps spied on us. Back at the shore we learned we’d missed the tide for the boat ride home.

As we settled in to wait, I was accosted by one of the junior spies. His name, he said, was Saidi Bwanamkuu. Bwana mkuu: “man/gentleman big/important.” As my important gentleman and I chatted, his friends ran away. We decided to take a walk. He was 10, he said; I would have guessed 7, though his eyes looked 70. Saidi admired my shoes, beat-up canvas pull-ons from Kmart that I’d been using to protect my feet from reefs. He told me that if he had shoes like that, every boy on his team would respect him. His team? Soccer. He was captain. He showed me 11 one-inch-square scraps of paper. On each he’d written in pencil the name of a player, for planning strategy. When I asked why the names had been erased and rewritten so many times, he explained that players changed and that these were the only papers he had. Again Saidi admired my shoes, asking if I had other shoes as well. Yes, I said. Then maybe I could spare these? I told him no. Besides, I thought, they were years too big for his feet.

Saidi suggested we become pen pals. I told him that I thought it was a fine idea and that I’d give him my address. He waved me away. “What is your father’s name?” he asked. “Rex,” I said. “That is enough,” he said. “I will write to you using your father’s name.”

I explained to him that America was a very big place and that he’d need more information on the envelope than that. His face fell. “Your father is not known?” he said. “I cannot believe this.”

“My father is known!” I cried. “Then that is all right,” Saidi said. “I will just write your name and ‘daughter of Rex.’ ”

When we returned to shore, Saidi disappeared. Then he was sitting beside me, silent. He placed one of his scraps on my knee and handed me a stub of pencil. ‘‘Nifundishe,” he said. Teach me.

“Teach you what?” I asked.

“Teach me,” he repeated. “You are from America.”

The developed world flashed before my eyes. Teach me about modern waste disposal, refrigeration, Dante. Nifundishe.

For the next half-hour I taught Saidi French. Then the boat came around the point, and he was gone. The group boarded and pushed off. I saw him walk out of the brush with a toddler on his hip. He was making his way down the slope into the water. Once he got within earshot, he looked straight at me. “Au revoir,” he said perfectly, both arms steadying the baby.

I first considered beginning to pray not long ago. In one of his books, the theologian Anthony Bloom suggests writing your own prayers, so I picked out a notebook at the Mount Sinai Medical Center bookstore. On the first page, I sketched a burning bush. My book sat otherwise empty. I put off writing prayers till I’d cleaned house and arranged my books in alphabetical order by author, then size, then by color instead. I took up yoga. Finally I tried writing prayers. They sounded stupid. So I copied other people’s prayers for a while.

And then one night I heard a prayer of my own in a language I’d forgotten; the voice belonged to someone who had by now certainly outgrown the ripped red canvas shoes I had sent him from the Lamu post office, stuffed with folded sheets of loose-leaf paper. The voice was small and determined, and it said, ‘‘Nifundishe.”

Maggie Robbins works as a psychotherapist and is the author of “Suzy Zeus Gets Organized,” a novel in verse.

Submissions for Lives may be sent to lives@nytimes.com. The magazine cannot return or respond to unsolicited manuscripts.

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Warrior on Poverty: Michael Harrington

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By MAURICE ISSERMAN

If there is a heaven, and it has a place for virtuous skeptics, I imagine Michael Harrington is looking down, amused by the recent cover of Newsweek proclaiming, “We Are All Socialists Now,” not to mention Newt Gingrich’s lament that the United States is seeing “European socialism transplanted to Washington.” Back in the 1960s, Harrington had some experience trying to “transplant” some socialist ideas to Washington — and the results were rather different from what he had hoped.

Fifty years ago this July, Commentary magazine (at the time a journal of bracingly liberal sentiments) ran Harrington’s article “Our Fifty Million Poor,” in which he sought to overturn the conventional wisdom that the United States had become an overwhelmingly middle-class society. Using the poverty-line benchmark of a $3,000 annual income for a family of four, he demonstrated that nearly a third of the population lived “below those standards which we have been taught to regard as the decent minimums for food, housing, clothing and health.”

Harrington’s own knowledge of poverty was decidedly secondhand. Born in 1928 in St. Louis and educated at Holy Cross, Yale Law School and the University of Chicago, he moved to New York City in 1949 to become a writer. In 1951 he joined Dorothy Day’s Catholic Worker movement as a volunteer at its soup kitchen. Within a few years he left the Catholic Worker (and the Roman Catholic Church) and joined the Young People’s Socialist League, the youth affiliate of the battered remnants of the American Socialist Party.

In researching the Commentary essay, Harrington picked up the notion of the “culture of poverty,” a casual bit of intellectual borrowing with fateful consequences. The phrase was coined by the anthropologist Oscar Lewis, who contended that being poor was not simply a condition marked by the absence of wealth; rather, poverty created “a subculture of its own,” and those raised within it were unlikely to escape. However different their places of origin, he argued, poor people in Mexico might have more in common with their counterparts in New York than with better-off people from their own countries.

Echoing Lewis, Harrington argued that American poverty constituted “a separate culture, another nation, with its own way of life.” He elaborated on this idea in “The Other America: Poverty in the United States,” published in the spring of 1962. It was a short work with a simple thesis: poverty was both more extensive and more tenacious than most Americans assumed. An “invisible land” of the poor existed in rural isolation or in crowded slums where middle-class visitors seldom ventured. “That the poor are invisible is one of the most important things about them,” Harrington wrote. “They are not simply neglected and forgotten. . . . What is much worse, they are not seen.”

Harrington argued that poor Americans were “people who lack education and skill, who have bad health, poor housing, low levels of aspiration and high levels of mental distress. . . . And if one problem is solved, and the others are left constant, there is little gain.” Instead of relying on a rising tide of affluence to lift all boats, he argued, America needed a broad program of “remedial action” — a “comprehensive assault on poverty.”

Harrington said he would be happy if “The Other America” sold 2,500 copies. Instead, it sold 70,000 within a year (and well over a million in successive editions). Among the book’s readers, reputedly, was John F. Kennedy, who in the fall of 1963 began thinking about proposing anti­poverty legislation. After Kennedy’s assassination, Lyndon Johnson took up the issue, calling in his 1964 State of the Union address for an “unconditional war on poverty.” Sargent Shriver headed the task force charged with drawing up the legislation, and invited Harrington to Washington as a consultant.

In February 1964 Harrington helped write a background paper, working with the radical writer Paul Jacobs and a Labor Department aide named Daniel Patrick Moynihan, an old drinking partner from the Greenwich Village days. The memo argued that “if there is any single dominant problem of poverty in the U.S., it is that of unemployment.” The solution was a return to the model of the New Deal, creating massive public works projects to end unemployment and redistribute income to those most in need.

But of what relevance was the concept of the “culture of poverty” if all that was needed to counter it was jobs? In “The Other America,” Harrington used the concept interchangeably with “vicious circle of poverty” — by which he meant poor living conditions leading to poor health, poor attendance at school or work, and so on. Nothing in this “vicious circle” was culturally rooted in the sense that Oscar Lewis had argued — so at any point additional income would suffice to break the circle.

Jobs programs, however, were expensive: the Works Progress Administration had cost $5 billion in 1936, and Johnson had made it clear that appropriations for his “unconditional” war on poverty had to be brought in under a billion dollars for the coming year. The strategy was to help the poor to improve themselves — a “hand up, not a handout,” as Shriver put it. The resulting legislation, passed in August 1964, provided funds for preschool education, community action agencies, legal services and the like, but did little directly to provide jobs and income for the poor.

Harrington’s active involvement with the war on poverty came to an end after his month of consulting. But Moynihan continued to fight for their alternate strategy from his Labor Department post. His famous 1965 position paper, “The Negro Family: The Case for National Action,” better known as the Moynihan Report, was bitterly attacked from the left for describing the urban black family as a “tangle of pathology.” Less noted was his continued advocacy of an expanded federal jobs program.

Indeed, that aspect of Moynihan’s and Harrington’s thinking was roundly rejected by the group of thinkers who ultimately carried the day on poverty. In the 1970s, neoconservatives — former liberals disillusioned with the welfare state (Harrington himself popularized the term in a 1973 article) — neatly turned the argument of “The Other America” on its head, arguing that welfare programs only strengthened the culture of poverty by encouraging single-parent families and discouraging work. The poor, in their view, would be better served by dismantling the welfare state and instituting tougher neighborhood policing than through further meddling by would-be social engineers. When Bill Clinton ran for office pledging to “end welfare as we know it,” it was clear who had won the political argument.

In 1999, Time magazine named “The Other America” one of the 10 most influential nonfiction books of the 20th century. But how relevant does it remain today? As social theory, it is deeply flawed. Harrington’s culture-of-poverty thesis was at best ambiguous, at worst an impediment to making the case for what he regarded as the real solution. (In later books, he made no use of the term.)

But what remains fresh and vital in “The Other America” is its moral clarity. Harrington argued that Americans should be angry and ashamed to live in a rich society in which so many remained poor. “The fate of the poor,” he concluded, “hangs upon the decision of the better-off. If this anger and shame are not forthcoming, someone can write a book about the other America a generation from now and it will be the same or worse.”

Today the poor are no longer invisible, thanks to writers like William Julius Wilson, Alex Kotlowitz and Adrian Nicole LeBlanc, and to a popular culture that has young people in middle-class suburbs emulating the styles of the inner city. But Harrington’s prediction is otherwise correct. For all the changes ushered in by the 2008 election, a renewed war on poverty does not seem to be in the offing.

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