You Can’t ‘Politic’ Your Way Into Being An Elder

Published July 2, 2017 by tindertender

Michael Meade“In many tribal cultures, it was said that if the boys were not initiated into manhood, if they were not shaped by the skills and love of elders, then they would destroy the culture. If the fires that innately burn inside youths are not intentionally and lovingly added to the hearth of community, they will burn down the structures of culture, just to feel the warmth.”

“As a culture, we turn away from people just when they are in times of change. That’s when most communities used to embrace people, so the individual and the culture both benefited.”

“The ability to be tough-minded remains useful; but by now, the fact that we are all in trouble in terms of both nature and culture can only be denied by those who become overly conservative and blindly reactionary. The more tender-hearted imagination that suggests we are all in this together and that there must be an underlying unity in life may be the only way to survive.”

“Whereas literalists and fundamentalists tend to choose one pole of any dilemma or opposition, whereas modern political parties and religious groups tend toward demonizing each other, the creative individual must be born again and again in the crucible created by the tension  between opposing  instincts, conflicted  feelings, and contrasting ideas.”

“Every time a person tells a genuine truth, they reduce the poison in the world.”

Michael Meade has many books, dvd’s and cd’s available.
He is a master story teller and an eye-opening lesson giver.

http://www.mosaicvoices.org/

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