Spirituality and Activism


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  1. This is a very thoughtful treatment of some fascinating issues. Any kind of preoccupation with doing can distract us from spirit. But I would give little respect to a spiritual source who walked by a person in pain, indifferent to his or her suffering or telling me that it was all part of God’s plan; and I see no difference between that act of coldness and failing to vote or protest or lobby or campaign against cruelty and injustice, environmental destruction and oppression, when there is a real chance that action could bring improvements. But then the activist may lose contact with spiritual roots. Martin Buber engages with this in “Ich und Du” (called “I and Thou” in English, but Thou isn’t really the right word for something intimate and informal.


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