Wednesday, May 18, 2011

When I speak out against the state of Israel I remember these things

I am deliberate and afraid of nothing.
Audre Lorde

A human being is a part of a whole, called by us _universe_, a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feelings as something separated from the rest... a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty.

Heroism on command, senseless violence, and all the loathsome nonsense that goes by the name of patriotism -- how passionately I hate them!"

If no one answers your call
make a stride and walk alone
When everyone is closed and shut

Open your mind and speak alone.

Walk Alone, Walk Alone, Walk Alone

If they turn away and desert

and the wild path obstacles exerts

trample the thorns no matter the hurt

And Alone along blood-lined track traverse.

Walk Alone, Walk Alone, Walk Alone

If no one holds up the light
a fierce storm troubles the night,

with the thunder flame of pain
your heart, alone, and let it burn bright

Walk Alone, Walk Alone, Walk Alone

This translation of Tagore's Ekla Cholo Re by Shiv's Angels.

Mahatma Gandhi used to sing this song every morning and evening, as the song resonated with his own sentiments. Gandhi said that even if you are in a minority of one, truth is truth, and you should stand up for your convictions without fear.

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