September 15th, 2009

ashes and snow - wings

Contemplating -

It is a beautiful fall day and I take time to read the news. It takes strength these days. Perhaps it always did, but it seems more sobering to me of late.

David Brooks writes of how humbly this nation greeted the end of WWII. Contrast that to the jubilation Bush invited when we had done nothing at all.

My son sends me the following this morning. I don't know the source, but again it says something about change.

Books if they were titled today:

Then: The Wealth of Nations
Now: Invisible Hands: The Mysterious Market Forces That Control Our Lives and How to Profit from Them

Then: Walden
Now: Camping with Myself: Two Years in American Tuscany

Then: The Theory of the Leisure Class
Now: Buying Out Loud: The Unbelievable Truth About What We Consume and What It Says About Us

Then: The Gospel of Matthew
Now: 40 Days and a Mule: How One Man Quit His Job and Became the Boss

Then: The Prince
Now: The Prince (Foreword by Oprah Winfrey)

Here's a look at health care in other countries:

And it seems there are now new instructions in parenting. "I love you if you do what I want, but not if you don't." Conditional love. Oh, my! I thought we had moved out beyond that to an acceptance that there are certain ways life is navigated for safety's sake but that has nothing to do with love.

I may skip the reports of news tomorrow and begin the day with a walk. May we each find our own steps and balance on roots that twine on acceptance, humility, and a balanced health care system that recognizes love for all, unconditional love for all.