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    On Aug 9, 2011 John Anderson wrote:

     Nice words, but out of touch with reality: try meditating whilst all around you are losing their heads and blaming it on you, to paraphrase Rudyard Kipling.  We need to wake up to what is going on around us, meditation has its value, but compassion, understanding and generosity do not come from traditionally-educated, molly-coddled, middle class, do-gooders, sitting around in groups pontifacting their navels.  It is forged in the cauldron of life, by facing our fears, dealing with our demons, by developing the courage to come face to face with our own shadow nature - reflected in those that we judge and condemn, because they are less fortunate than ourselves.

    My message is to get off our well-padded backsides, take responsibility for those that cannot do it for themselves and  be accounatble for the sum total of modern-day society's problems - because we are all in this together.  John Anderson: http://www.beinghumanfoundation.co/


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