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  1. Phil, I posted that song over at Menopausal Stoners for the Fourth of July.
    I’m going to run over to facebook right now and post it on your wall.

  2. P.e… thank you so much for this article. The pictures and video were uplifting and inspiring and I sure needed something like this today! You are so right on about governments and economics. So timely considering today’s latest jobs report and the total wimpishness of our President, continually caving in to the demands of corporate controlled idiots!

    Strange how so many of us have arrived at the same conclusions and answers to our problems, but no one seems to be listening. I am not sure how to proceed, except by using your article and photos, etc, as a reminder that “community” has always been the launch pad for real education and reform and the concrete expression of peace and love.

    I spent my senior year in college living on a Quaker Farm. I admit, I had ulterior motives. I was trying to establish the credentials I needed to be acknowledged as a conscientious objector before I was called up for the draft (Vietnam.) I went to Silent Meeting every Sunday and Bible study after that. I soon became swept up in the Quaker community. The elders, during Bible study, inevitably brought up Buddhism and other religions which are close in ideology to Quakerism, probably the longest lasting group of peaceniks ever. Bible study was more like a course in comparative religions. Living with these people left an indelible mark on me. They were proof that cooperation, not competition, was the answer. They were proof that reaching out to help a neighbor was a display of love. Their respect for the earth is unquestioned.

    Simple Gifts was written by Shaker Elder Joseph Brackett, Jr. in 1848!

    ‘Tis the gift to be simple,
    ’tis the gift to be free,
    ’tis the gift to come down where you ought to be,
    And when we find ourselves in the place just right,
    It will be in the valley of love and delight.

    ‘Tis the gift to be loved and that love to return,
    ‘Tis the gift to be taught and a richer gift to learn,
    And when we expect of others what we try to live each day,
    Then we’ll all live together and we’ll all learn to say,

    ‘Tis the gift to have friends and a true friend to be,
    ‘Tis the gift to think of others not to only think of “me”,
    And when we hear what others really think and really feel,
    Then we’ll all live together with a love that is real.

    But then again, I guess it is too much to ask our “leaders,” especially those who bandy about their deep Christian convictions, to actually live them. It is said that the love of money is the root of all evil. If that is true then almost all of our reps in Congress are evil… and I, personally believe they are!

    Thanks for this amazing article!

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