Quotes That I Have Gathered – W

Waking up

In the Thomas gospel that was dug up in Egypt some forty years ago, Jesus says, “He who drinks from my mouth will become as I am, and I shall be he.” Now, that is exactly Buddhism. The word “Buddha” means “the one who waked up.” We are all to do that ‑ to wake up to the Christ or Buddha consciousness within us.

Joseph Campbell, The Hero’s Adventure

War

Survival of the fittest: a pitiless struggle for domination between individual and individual, between group and group. Who is going to devour whom? . . . Such is the fundamental law of fuller being. In consequence, overriding every other principle of action and morality, we have the law of force, transposed uncharted into the human sphere. External force: war, therefore, does not represent a residual accident which will become less important as time goes on, but is the first agent of evolution and the very form in which it is expressed. And, to match this, internal force: citizens welded together in the iron grip of a totalitarian regime.

It is against this barbaric ideal that we have spontaneously rebelled: and it is to escape slavery that we too have had to have recourse to force. It is to destroy the ‘divine right’ of war that we are fighting.

Teilhard de Chardin, Activation of Energy pp. 15, 16.

War, organized war, is not a human instinct. It is a highly planned and cooperative form of theft. And that form of theft began ten thousand years ago when the harvesters of wheat accumulated a surplus, and the nomads rose out of the desert to rob them of what they themselves could not provide. The evidence for that we saw in the walled city of Jericho and its prehistoric tower. That is the beginning of war.

J. Bronowski, The Ascent of Man

Genghis Khan and his Mongol dynasty brought that thieving way of life into our own millennium. . . Yet that attempt failed. And it failed because in the end there was nothing for the Mongols to do except themselves to adopt the way of life of the people that they had conquered. . . . The fact is that agriculture and the settled way of life were established steps now in the ascent of man, and had set a new level for a form of human harmony which was to bear fruit into the far future: the organization of the city.

J. Bronowski, The Ascent of Man

People who are vigorous and brutal often find war enjoyable, provided that it is a victorious war and there is not too much interference with rape and plunder. This is a great help in persuading people that wars are righteous. . . . If we could feel genuinely that we are the equals of our neighbors, neither their betters nor their inferiors, perhaps life would become less of a battle, and we should need less in the way of intoxicating myth to give us Dutch courage.

Bertrand Russell’s Best, edited by Robert E. Egner

Wisdom

After instinct and intellectual ferment have done their work there is a decision which determines the mode of coalescence of instinct with intelligence. I will term this factor Wisdom.

Alfred North Whitehead, Adventures of Ideas

Wisdom is persistent pursuit of the deeper understanding, ever confronting intellectual system with the importance of its omissions.

Alfred North Whitehead, Adventures of Ideas

These three elements, Instinct, Intelligence, Wisdom, cannot be torn apart.

Alfred North Whitehead, Adventures of Ideas

The life of wisdom must be a life of contemplation combined with action.

M. Scott Peck, The Road Less Traveled

Wisdom, the point of

Campbell believed in a “point of wisdom beyond the conflict of illusion and truth by which lives can be put back together again.”

Joseph Campbell, The Hero’s Adventure Work

The principles that Gandhi derived from Rusking:

1. That the good of the individual is contained in the good of all.

2. That a lawyer’s work has the same value as the barber’s, inasmuch as all have the same right of earning their livelihoods from their work.

3. That a life of labor ‑ the life of the tiller of the soil and the handicraftsman ‑ is the life worth living.

Work and Rest

When I am at rest, I accuse myself of neglecting mywork; and when I am at work, of having disturbed my repose. The only remedy in these uncertainties is prayer, entreating tobe shown God’s holy Will at evry moment, that He may tell us what to do and when and how to do it.

Bernard of Clairvaux

Works

It is always good to be doing what we can, for then God is wont to pity our weakness and assist our feeble endeavors. . . . Thus should we exercise ourselves unto godliness; and when we are employing the powers that we have, the Spirit of god is wont to strike in and elevate these acts of our soul beyond the pitch of nature and give them a divine impression; and after the frequent reiteration of these, we shall find ourselves more inclined unto them, they flowing with greater freedom and ease.

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