A good, solid quote

One of my favorite books of all time is ‘A Language Older Than Words’ by Derrick Jensen.  I read it while living at the Grand Canyon and it was one of those books that broke you only to rebuild you into a more compassionate being by the end of the last page.

 Summary from Amazon:

Singular, compelling and courageously honest, this book is more than just a poignant memoir of a harrowingly abusive childhood. It relates the extraordinary journey of one man striving to save his own spirit and our planet’s. Rather than naively proposing an answer to the ills of modernity, he demonstrates the complexity of the problems by examining an array of environmental and sociopolitical atrocities.  His visceral, biting observations always manage to lead back to his mantra: “Things don’t have to be the way they are.”

And here is my favorite quote:

“What if all of life isn’t what we’ve been taught, a solitary, poor, nasty, brutish and short competition to see how may own or kill the others before the others can own or kill them? What if we don’t need to live our whole lives alone? What if life is a web of immeasurably complex and respectful relationships?”

I’ve been thinking a lot about this concept these past few days.  It’s been a bit rough over at Fluvial headquarters and sometimes it’s nice to remind myself that life really is what we choose to make it.  So, cut off the bad branches, stop repeating patterns that don’t help you, and live the bliss you know you can.

~ by fluvial on September 19, 2007.

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