Rites and Symbols of Initiation: The Mysteries of Birth and Rebirth
Without conscious rituals of loss and renewal, individuals and societies lose the capacity to experience the sorrows and joy that are essential for feeling fully human. Without them life flattens out, and meaning drains from both living and dying. Soon there is a death of meaning and an increase in meaningless deaths.
Nothing among all human emotions is more beautiful and more hopeless than the wish to be loved for oneself alone. Who are you anyway, next to countless others, to deserve such preference? We do not want to be interchangeable; let no one be able to pinch-it for us. A figurative, unmistakable claiming to be spatial and spiritual.
As though the earth had only one heaven, and heaven only one earth, we lay claim to the validity of both and, if we have one, we want to be the other. In reality, however, we are filled with planets, and countless heavens open their doors to us.
One day, at an NAACP function, a fan greeted her: Martin Luther King Jr. He said how important her role was and how his family watched Star Trek faithfully and adored her in particular - the only Black character. Nichols thanked him, but said she planned to leave.
“You cannot and you must not. Don’t you realize how important your presence, your character is? ... Don’t you see? This is not a Black role, and this is not a female role. You have the first non stereotypical role on television, male or female. You have broken ground ... For the first time, the world sees us as we should be seen, as equals, as intelligent people - as we should be.”
When one approaches an exotic spirituality, one understands principally what one is predestined to understand by one's own vocation, by one's own cultural orientation, and that of the historical moment to which one belongs.
JOEL KOVEL Overcoming Zionism: Creating a Single Democratic State in Israel/Palestine ____________________
I feel that the notion of Zionism, as that there is this kind of destiny of the Jewish people to have their own state, is just a wrong idea. And it's an idea that requires signing on to imperialism. It means signing on to ethnic cleansing. It means—despite everything that has been said about it, it means basically becoming a racist situation, where you're oppressing an indigenous population and depriving them of their right to existence, and then thinking that somehow you can go ahead and have a decent life on that basis. And you can't, in my view. And I join hands with those people who feel that the time has come to basically think of Israel in the same category as South Africa, as a state that just has gone wrong and needs replacement.