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Anne Lamont: Take Action

"I heard Bush's radio address out of the corner of my ear today, and he said once again that we are in Iraq because we were attacked: this always has the effect of causing me to grip my stomach, rock back and forth, and moan, like the Rainman.

But both Jesus and my Buddhist friend Jack Kornfield would say that these are such dreadful times, how can we not respond with ever greater acts of compassion?... Kindness and sacrifice have always been the most revolutionary acts of all, and they are always medicine. What if, for instance, YOU gave up your SUV for a mini-van? Maybe others would follow suit. What if we became the party who gave up its SUV's? It helps immeasurably to show for vigils: trust me on this....

Take the action, and the insight which follow, which for me is usually that even during dark ages, the mustard seeds and yeast that have been present become more visible, and then obvious, in renewal, and even greatness. "
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