Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Befriending Anger and Courage

"Hope has two beautiful daughters; their names are Anger and Courage.
Anger at the way things are, and Courage to see that they do not remain as they are."
St. Augustine (354-430 A.D.)

Remaining present to injustice is costly. One must work equally hard at focusing on the positive to avoid burnout. Thanks to Thomas (whom I met this morning) I found this Augustine quote on a poster at the Progressive Resources Catalog. It arrived in my life on a good day.

My anger is flaming high after watching Taxi to the Dark Side (see yesterday's post). Augustine affirms Anger as my beautiful daughter. I must nourish her sister, Courage, today; I need each daughter.

I wish to you Anger and Courage today. May they be born from your Hope.

Photo: The mothers of these displaced Tarahumara indigenous children beg in the streets of Palomas, MX. They all lunched at the soup kitchen we helped staff last year.


Mariamariacuchita said...

Your post literally gave me chills. Truth to anger, hope, courage but let us work on advocacy and prevention.

Ingrid said...

I don't know why this is, but whenever I read something profound, wise, uplifting from ages ago when life was not as 'civilized' (???) and people were not as sophisticated (??) and superstition still reigned (??)..I have to check myself. Why is it that the Tao for instance is so ageless? Like St. Augustine's quote, people had time to be connected to whatever source that was spiritual.. we are definitely NOT living in a spiritual age..religion has always been the killer of any true spirit, it's time for the age of enlightenment to reign again..
enough destruction of people, earth and the soul...especially those in the name of...(fill in your own blank)..

glad this nugget came at you at the right time,



Randal Graves said...

What ingrid said covers a lot of territory. Sure, there's the obvious destruction, but once the human spirit is also being destroyed, it becomes so much easier to perpetuate misery, it becomes institutionalized.

Those Social Justice snippets spell that out. We've made hatred and distrust and greed part of the machine. Sure, they've ALWAYS existed since the first city-states in the Fertile Crescent, but with technology, it makes it so goddamn easier to exploit others for your own gain.

Yolanda said...

I always enjoy your thought provoking posts.

susan said...

All I can think to say after reading what you've written and having looked at the beautiful photograph you posted is to quote from Mother God :

'In this dark age, toward the end of Kali Yuga, the Spiritual Path has been made simpler for us than ever before; and our dear Mother calls us to Her, simply asking us to love Her like little children and to chant Her name.

We have not come into this Kali Yuga by accident, but because our actions have led us here. It is in many respects a dark place, yet at the centre of its darkness shines the light of our Mother, always showing us the way home to Her.'

Knowing about the Yugas has been a helpful part of my own spiritual process for a long time. I really admire your dedication and compassion.

Ruth Hull Chatlien said...

I've never thought about the pairing of anger and courage before. Thanks for posting this thought-provoking quotation.

(P.S. In answer to your comment on my blog about the photo-taking, Michael is a much better photographer than I am, but I just didn't like the pictures he took of me this week.)

Fran said...

Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.

For through violence you may murder a murderer but you can't murder murder. Through violence you may murder a liar but you can't establish truth. Through violence you may murder a hater, but you can't murder hate. Darkness cannot put out darkness. Only light can do that.

Martin Luther King, Jr.