Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Quote of the Day

marigolds from the garden

Art instructors warn students of the deadly danger of prolonged unprotected use of certain chemicals that produce spectacular artistic results. Cutting flowers mindlessly may cause similar longterm dmage to the soul. By separating the blossom from the plant and the earth, we may become numb to how our actions can sever the link between earth, sky, and humankind. Albert Schweitzer told a cautionary tale. A farmer, he said, may rightly cut a thousand flowers while producing feed for his cows. If, however, that same farmer on his way home wantonly cuts the head of a single flower growing on the road, he injures life.

Stephen Shick, Be the Change: Poems, Prayers, & Meditations for Peacemakers and Justice Seekers

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