Meditation for Thursday of Week 30 in the season of Ripening:   

Standing Up

I swore never to be silent whenever and wherever human beings endure suffering and humiliation. . . . Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim. Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented. [Elie Wiesel, Nobel Acceptance Speech, December 10, 1986.]

Theodore Gericault, Mameluke Defending Wounded Trumpete (1818)

At other times, people need our support. Few things express our concern as well as standing up for someone, especially when no one else will do it.

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REAL

Documentary and Educational Films

Imaginary

Fictional Narratives

From the dark side:

Music: Composers, artists, and major works

Donizetti, La Fille du Régiment: the regiment has symbolically adopted a young woman of uncertain parentage. She faces the ancient conundrum of being unable to marry the man she loves because of social conventions. Just as she is about about to sign a marriage contract to marry someone she does not love, the regiment comes to her rescue.

Other meditations of interest

Grid into the Creative Forces

  GLOBAL SELF-WORTH DIGNITY CREATIVE FORCES THOUGHT SELF-CONFIDENCE REASON/WISDOM  TRUTH EMOTION SELF-ESTEEM CARING/EMPATHY  LOVE ACTION SELF-COMPETENCE COURAGE/SERVICE/GENEROSITY  FAITH    
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Grid Omnibus

SELF GLOBAL EMOTION THOUGHT ACTION VALUE CONVICTION ATTITUDE EVIL LEVEL 1 LEVEL 2 Self-respect Self-understanding Prudence LEVEL 3 LEVEL 4 CREATIVITY Self-love Faith in self SPIRITUALITY Spirituality  Meaning  Direction  Purpose   CLOSE RELATIONSHIPS WITH OTHER PEOPLE GLOBAL EMOTION THOUGHT ACTION VALUE CONVICTION ATTITUDE EVIL LEVEL 1 LEVEL 2 Respect Understanding
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Journals

Virtual libraries (enter sites from this site)    
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Anxiety

   
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Propaganda

Propaganda is information of a biased or misleading nature, or misinformation, used to promote a cause or point of view. It is usually disseminated by someone seeking to promote a self-interest without regard to the whole, and therefore fits within Niebuhr’s definition of evil. As the means of disseminating information
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Intolerance


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Extremism


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Static – Dynamic

In relation to the self: Habits and Practices (static) – Change (dynamic) In relation to others, near and intimate relationships: Tradition (static) – Challenging Conventions (dynamic) In relation to others, near and intimate relationships: Social Norms (static) – Challenging Conventions
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Space and Time

To everything there is a season . . . Humility – Assertiveness Modesty – Drive Skepticism – Advocacy Forbearing – Viligance Patience – Urgency Equanimity – Desire Order – Revolution Stability – Change Freedom – Responsibility Risking – Prudence Beginning – Ending Growing – Declining Arriving Leaving Holding On –
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Deferential Values in Relation to Other People

DEFERENTIAL VALUES in Relation to Other People (Week 6) GLOBAL EMOTION THOUGHT ACTION  VALUE CONVICTION ATTITUDE Avoiding Harm Non-malevolence Acknowleding the Other’s Humanity Restraining Fairness Common Ground Tolerance  
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