Is ahimsa a good guide for what we should do in the face of today's environmental challenge?
Himsa is the Buddhist word for the use of force, violence, brute strength, impulse, or to be impatient. Jainism is just the opposite. Jainism is the practice of ahimsa- or the practice of not harming anything. There is no protection of nature though. Do we have to protect nature, or can it heal itself? Is there such thing as ahimsa environmentalism?
A random thought that occured to me on the long drive back to Redeemer: I haven't blogged in a while. Sure, this seems obvious to most of you, but I had almost totally forgotten that the world of blogs existed.
As this is the first blogin some time, I though I'd take an old idea and recylcle it. The idea is to:
Follow the herd (from Gideon
1. Grab the nearest book.
2. Open the book to page 23.
3. Find the fifth sentence.
4. Post the text of the sentence in your blog along with these instructions.
As I did this, my eye was caught, not by the fifth sentence of the first book that I saw, but the first, and only because it was in bold type and double spaced, and seemed to fit well with a conversation of earlier this evening.
Here it is:
"Charles Peacock, from V.S. Pritchett's "The Fall," reminds me in certain ways of Woody Allen, especially in the way that 'crowds and occasions' frighten both of them, and engage them in 'the fundamental battle of ... life: the struggle against nakedness, the panic of grabbing for clothes and becoming someone'"
Another random thought: there's a note on my computer screen (written in my own hand) that says 'no MSN until calculus is done!' Therefore, I am signing out now, and going to bed.