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Tonight I am struck how the latest Scorsese film, Silence, reminds us of two things…

Tonight I am struck how the latest Scorsese film, Silence, reminds us of two things: 1) Our compassion (or lack of it) for others in the world cannot be measured by or even recognized through labels such as Christian or Buddhist, Democrat or Republican, activist or contemplative. Labels always fail us, because they build allegiance not to core intentions and actions but to institutions or ideologies.

2) We can’t quite ever restore balance to the world, until we understand suffering and what it does to all of us.

Whether it is a marginalized community that has suffered, an individual, an animal or plant or habitat; how do we know how or why to restore unless we lift ourselves and others up out of chain of recurring suffering and create or restore another dynamic?

-Brother Coyote

 

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