Sunday Morning

I take hope in every politician’s or economist’s statement that Americans aren’t buying enough; in every student’s reference to “sustainability” or “mindfulness”—terms that weren’t in my college vocabulary… I take hope from the growing number of solitaries and the growing interest in meditation, contemplation, centering prayer. I have faith in the capacity of truth, if brought to light and given time, to win its cause, the capacity of love to win its cause. I place little hope in conventional politics, so invested are mainstream political parties in endless, unsustainable growth, or in conventional religion, with its interest in perpetuating its power. Instead I find hope in love, for one another, for our earth. Those of us invested in love can choose, must choose noncooperation. I buy less; I consume less; I take myself off the grid in the face of efforts to force me to remain on it; I dedicate myself to friendship as my organizing, bedrock relationship; I study and talk about how to become, in fact, a society of friends.

— Fenton JohnsonAt the Center of All Beauty: Solitude and the Creative Life (W. W. Norton & Company, March 10, 2020)

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  1. I do too – have faith, that is…But I falter. I falter when another life is senselessly taken, I falter when a swastika is painted on as a tattoo…I falter when I see the inherent values of democratic process threatened/. And I am renewed – by the sound of laughter, the birds gossiping outside by their feeder. I’m renewed when the sun wins a game of hide-and-seek with the clouds, when you write of the loons…

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  2. Humanity missed the right exit a while ago, won’t stop and ask for directions. Won’t stop, because it doesn’t know how to stop.

    I’m fully behind this Mr. Fenton Johnson.

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  3. “I take hope” and then to name those elements which engender the hope.

    I take hope humankind loves more than it fears.
    I take hope we recognize that at the heart of every human being on this planet is the magnificence of our humanity. The Divine essence that makes us One.

    And I have faith that Love will win its cause.

    Thank you for this morning ray of sunshine David. I take hope in this morning and choose Love.

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  4. I am ever hopeful for a renewed sense of what’s important, what’s compassionate, what’s real

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  5. So timely, so timeless. Thank you. I am pushed to think, question, and reflect – there is much to learn and teach.

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  6. I think WordPress is in a way, a Society of Friends…

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  7. I’m not one to cite the bible too often, but we all know that somewhere it says: Faith, hope, and love abide, these three; but the greatest of these is love. (Corinthians)

    As a great L. Cohen fan, I also often take great delight in some bits of his darker (are there any light ones?) songs: There is a crack in everything. That’s how the light gets in. In my world, the light always creeps in, sometimes truly only through a crack, sometimes through a wide open window.

    All of this is very inspiring and a ‘true Sunday’ post!

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  1. […] Thoughts of hope drifted into my mind this morning as I read the quote by Fenton Johnson that David Kanigan shares on his blog, Live & Learn. […]

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