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Call To Service


Obama Inauguration Speech, originally uploaded by mmm.om.arr.

It’s not enough to just sit there and have compassionate thoughts. Your compassionate thoughts need to be reflected in what you do. How can you aspire to compassion and yet work for an arms manufacturer? You need to help other people.

Once you start to see through the myth of status, possessions, and unlimited consumption as a path to happiness, you’ll find that you have all kinds of freedom and time. It’s like a deal you can make with the universe. I’ll give up greed for freedom. Then you can start putting your time to good use.

Once you realize that helping others is also helping yourself, the size of the overall problems becomes irrelevant. You’re not a one-man or one-woman army out to save the whole world. You help simply because it does good and it feels good.

–David Edwards in an interview titled Nothing to Lose But Our Illusions in The Sun magazine.

Americans and the world at large are being called to service. Thank you for putting us on notice, Mr. President.

(Photo courtesy of mmm.om.arr under the Creative Commons license.)