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What is a simple life?

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Becoming Fully HumanJoan Chittister asks it in Becoming Fully Human: The Greatest Glory of God. A couple of her answers:

Simplicity is a talent for going with the flow in life. When we have to affect our simplicity – plan it, impose it, strategize it – we’re in real trouble. “There is more simplicity in the one who eats caviar on impulse,” Chesterton wrote, “than in the one who eats Grape-Nuts on principle.” . . .

Ah, that must be my problem.

Life is not simple. There is no controlling it, no shaping it in the style of a slower, calmer, idyllic world – long gone, if ever here. Instead, we need to learn how to deal with our complexities with simplicity. . . .

Simplicity of life is more what poet Sister Madaleva Wolff, CSC, called “the habitually relaxed grasp” than it is life without gadgets that we never really wanted in the first place but realize now are part of the air we breathe. . . .

And there are many more.

Think she’s right?  What would you add?

[Looks like a great book, BTW.  Just picked it off the shelf in the Iowa City Public Library, and found these gems on page three!]

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Written by Monte

January 5, 2007 at 1:04 pm

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  1. The link between Mind and Social / Environmental-Issues.

    The fast-paced, consumerist lifestyle of Industrial Society is causing exponential rise in psychological problems besides destroying the environment. All issues are interlinked. Our Minds cannot be peaceful when attention-spans are down to nanoseconds, microseconds and milliseconds. Our Minds cannot be peaceful if we destroy Nature.

    Industrial Society Destroys Mind and Environment.

    Subject : In a fast society slow emotions become extinct.
    Subject : A thinking mind cannot feel.
    Subject : Scientific/ Industrial/ Financial thinking destroys the planet.
    Subject : Environment can never be saved as long as cities exist.

    Emotion is what we experience during gaps in our thinking.

    If there are no gaps there is no emotion.

    Today people are thinking all the time and are mistaking thought (words/ language) for emotion.

    When society switches-over from physical work (agriculture) to mental work (scientific/ industrial/ financial/ fast visuals/ fast words ) the speed of thinking keeps on accelerating and the gaps between thinking go on decreasing.

    There comes a time when there are almost no gaps.

    People become incapable of experiencing/ tolerating gaps.

    Emotion ends.

    Man becomes machine.

    A society that speeds up mentally experiences every mental slowing-down as Depression / Anxiety.

    A ( travelling )society that speeds up physically experiences every physical slowing-down as Depression / Anxiety.

    A society that entertains itself daily experiences every non-entertaining moment as Depression / Anxiety.

    FAST VISUALS /WORDS MAKE SLOW EMOTIONS EXTINCT.

    SCIENTIFIC /INDUSTRIAL /FINANCIAL THINKING DESTROYS EMOTIONAL CIRCUITS.

    A FAST (LARGE) SOCIETY CANNOT FEEL PAIN / REMORSE / EMPATHY.

    A FAST (LARGE) SOCIETY WILL ALWAYS BE CRUEL TO ANIMALS/ TREES/ AIR/ WATER/ LAND AND TO ITSELF.

    To read the complete article please follow either of these links :

    PlanetSave

    EarthNewsWire

    sushil_yadav

    sushil

    January 13, 2007 at 3:12 am


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