" Now is the time to serve, now is the time to be on fire. Know ye the value of this chance, this favourable juncture that is limitless grace, ere it slip from your hands. Soon will our handful of days, our vanishing life, be gone, and we shall pass, empty-handed, into the hollow that is dug for those who speak no more..."
◈ What are some of the superficial emotions that the forces of society appeal to which breed passivity? How can we start resisting these forces in a sustainable way?
◈ What are some qualities we need for us to "shine forth like lightning" and to "be on fire"?
◈ What tools do we have which enable us to arise and create unity, even when surrounded by apathy?
◈ How can we support one another to be anxiously concerned with the current needs of our communities, and make a mighty effort to address them?
It is easier to be passive; more convenient to stay still. Comfort and inertia try to convince us that
we ought to remain stagnant, the risks of arising try to keep us silent and seated. Forces in society,
increasingly effective at grabbing our attention for material gain, promote entertainment
and distraction to so extreme a level that they risk alienating us from our most fundamental impulses:
to be forces of positive change, of support, and service in our own families and communities.
To resist passivity requires a combination of qualities, including detachment and courage.
It was Maya Angelou who said, "Courage is the most important of all the virtues because without courage you can't practice any other virtue consistently. You can practice any virtue erratically, but nothing consistently without courage."
Indeed, courage is needed. A consistent onslaught of forces trying to keep us passive requires a consistent expression of virtues if we are to resist apathy, avoid superficial and comfortable displays of action, and truly be "on fire".
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