Mark Hathaway

A Quote by Mark Hathaway on crisis, choice, and great turning

Times of crisis can be creative times, times when new visions and new possibilities emerge. The Chinese ideogram for crisis, wei-ji, is composed of the characters for danger and opportunity (represented by an unstoppable spear and an impenetrable shield). This is not simply a contradiction or paradox; the very dangers we face stimulate us to look deeper, seek alternatives, and take advantage of opportunities. Our own word—crisis—derives from the Greek word krinein, meaning “to separate.” It implies a choice between distinct alternatives. If we do not act to change the situation of deepening poverty and ecological destruction, we will be choosing to continue a descent toward the abyss of despair.

But another choice is also possible: we have the opportunity to choose a new way of living on our planet, a new way of living with each other and with the other creatures of our world.

Mark Hathaway

Source: The Tao of Liberation: Exploring the Ecology of Transformation (Ecology and Justice), Pages: 8

Contributed by: Mark (Centreco)

A Quote by Mark Hathaway on tao, wisdom, cosmos, harmony, and right relationship

The Tao of Liberation is a search for wisdom, the wisdom needed to effect profound transformations in our world. We have chosen to describe this wisdom using the ancient Chinese word Tao, meaning a way or path leading to harmony, peace, and right relationship. The Tao can be understood as a principle of order that constitutes the common ground of the cosmos; it is both the way that the universe works and the fl owing cosmic structure that cannot be described, only tasted. The Tao is the wisdom that lies at the very heart of the universe, encapsulating the essence of its purpose and direction.

Mark Hathaway

Source: The Tao of Liberation: Exploring the Ecology of Transformation (Ecology and Justice), Pages: xxiii

Contributed by: Mark (Centreco)

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