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Old Man’s Horse

This is my favorite parable. I reference it constantly in my life and in thinking through challenges and setbacks. It always helps me see hope in the darkness.

Osho Stories

I will tell you a small story. It happened in the days of Lao Tzu in China, and Lao Tzu loved it very much. For generations the followers of Lao Tzu have been repeating the story and always finding more and more meaning in it. The story has grown; it has become a live factor.

The story is simple: There was an old man in a village, very poor, but even kings were jealous of him because he had a beautiful white horse. Such a horse had never been seen before — the beauty, the very grandeur, the strength. Kings asked for the horse and they offered fabulous prices, but the old man would say, `This horse is not a horse to me, he is a person, and how can you sell a person? He is a friend, he is not a possession. How can you sell a friend? No…

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Posted by on November 18, 2016 in Uncategorized

 

The Ethics Of… The Men’s Rights Movement

The Ethics Of… The Men’s Rights Movement

Perhaps it goes without saying that I care deeply for the men in my life, as well as the women. I want society to value the contributions of all people. And I firmly believe that as we all deserve equal rights, we also deserve to be unique and embrace our differences.

This article addresses some very real benefits as well as missteps of the emerging Men’s Rights Movement, in a graceful and respectful way.

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As a feminist I do the usual little token effort on International Women’s Day and post something up on Facebook. And while most people either like it or ignore it, every single year I get at least one comment along the lines of “Why isn’t there an International Men’s Day?”.

It may sound like just a snarky throw-away line (and often is), but the idea behind that comment is the tip of a very large cultural iceberg that has been floating around for a while now: what about the men?

No seriously, before you sneer at that question and dismiss it as blind privilege, take a moment to consider how men might find the world today a bit frustrating. For the most part everyone agrees that women’s liberation was a great thing; the right to choose your own career, lifestyle and the right to vote are all fundamental human rights…

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Posted by on November 18, 2016 in Uncategorized

 

THE HATE EXCHANGE …

THE HATE EXCHANGE …

I have said for years (quietly and mostly to myself) that hate and love are on a continuum, so hate is actually just loving something a very tiny little bitty bit. And this post by Regie shows that love can grow.

 
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Posted by on November 14, 2016 in Uncategorized

 

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Thank a Hero, #VeteransDay

Thank a Hero, #VeteransDay

This really gave me food for thought.

Barb Taub

Here’s my annual Veteran’s day post in memory of my father, “our” veteran. For a moving description of what it means to be a veteran, please also see J. Mark Jackson’s essay for the Washington Post.


Heroes may not be braver than anyone else. They’re just braver 5 minutes longer.
― Ronald Reagan

Tech Sargeant Robert Figel, Radio Operator Gunner on the B-17 Flying Fortress Nobody's BabyTech Sergeant Robert Figel, Radio Operator Gunner on the B-17 Flying Fortress Nobody’s Baby

When I was little, I found out about heroes. They are the ones who fight the biggest dragons, win the prettiest princesses, and save the best kingdoms in the end. This didn’t surprise me in the least, because I knew someone who was a hero – my father. My mother told me.

As I got older, this belief was shaken a bit. It didn’t seem like it was a hero’s work to fix toilets, keep old cars running, and take your (ten!) kids out…

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Posted by on November 12, 2016 in Uncategorized

 

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