Saturday, September 6, 2014


     Are we progressing toward enlightenment
     Collectively, the goal toward which we’re bent,
     Acknowledged in our name, “the sapient”?

     There seems no certainty of our ascent
     With many of our species malcontent
     And few before to set a precedent—

          But yet I’ll not despair of that event,
          For our salvation may be Heaven sent.
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Rabbi Michael Lerner, the editor of Tikkun magazine, observes that

‘The great spiritual-religious wisdom traditions of the world have all taught some variant of this message: The deepest human pleasures come from living in a world based on justice, peace, love, generosity, kindness, and celebration of the universe and service to the ultimate moral law of the universe (whether learned through revelation or through reason).”