Posted by: scintillatingspeck | December 1, 2012

Epitaph, and a visit to the graves of Thoreau and Emerson.

Epitaph

In my one small life,
what am I trying to say?
Be kind and raise hell.

 

Back story:

Today Guy and Lily and I went to Concord and visited the graves of Henry David Thoreau and Ralph Waldo Emerson.  We pondered the question, “What would you want written on your gravestone?”  Guy said he would want it to say, “I told you I was sick.”  I had to think on it for a while, and came up with “Be kind.”  But what is kindness?  Is it all sweetness and light?  Is it kind to lie, or accept the never-ending flow of lies from others, or passively witness atrocities?  I don’t think so.  So just to be clear about kindness: it includes raising hell.

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Responses

  1. Kindness naturally grows out of non-violence. And non-violence encompasses all sentient beings within the three aspects of volition: thought, word and deed.

  2. Kindness naturally grows out of non-violence. And non-violence encompasses all sentient beings within the three aspects of volition: thought, word and deed. It is refraining from causing suffering or discomfort to any sentient being – even in one’s thoughts.


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