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"Given that we bring our entire culture and society with us when we meditate, given that when we think, we think the thoughts of our social conditioning, it follows that escaping our social setting is no longer an option for meditation practitioners. We only have one choice: we have to engage as fully as we can in our society -- in art, in culture, in the economy, in creating a sustainable future. As the Shambhala Principle makes clear, it might be the degree to which a meditator engages in every aspect of society that becomes the new standard for measuring our "enlightenment." Thus, enlightened society would be something quite simple: enlightened society is a group of people who fully understand the degree to which we are empowered to create our world. We made this world, and we can change it together."

The Shambhala Principle: We Made This World, We Can Change It | Ethan Nichtern


Actually, i feel i have  no  choice but to accept ideas such as this because any alternative is too horrifying for me to consider.  If we are not good people who are capable of expressing our goodness more fully, deeply, and widely, what hope is there for us?  I can do nothing other than accept the perennial wisdom in its various guises and live to the best of my ability within the constraints suggested by that philosophy:  Embrace non-duality, forget things; Honor compassion, kindness, peace, moderation, humility and turn my back on their opposites; see contemplation of the Divine as the goal rather  than a means; answer questions with the heart rather than with the mind.

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