“I pray that in this age of separation and division and barrier-building and disconnection, that we transcend the lie that our thoughts and actions don’t affect each other. I pray that we put the neighbor back in the neighborhood.”
Listen to the interview I did with Net. Work. Master. about music, how to grow community, and how to achieve your vision.
“We must kill our babies, sometimes in violent and fantastical ways. We must embody the shadow, putting on the hockey mask and becoming the villain until we have laid waste to what doesn’t serve us, our family, or our community.”
“It seemed to be alive. And it seemed to know I was afraid. … It was as if it had opened a door into the Cosmos and stood blocking the doorway.”
“As far as the eye can see” can be a pretty small place.
“We need to prepare for the fact that the battle against prejudice and injustice may never end, but the fact that we fought it makes us victorious. We need to have each other’s backs (and each other’s phone numbers).”
At a time in my adolescence when religion was unspoken in the small, rural towns of Wisconsin and “monks” were something that existed in another (very ancient) time, the monastery stood as a monolithic symbol of everything I feared about religion. But years later, my mind would change.