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“At times, our own light goes out and is rekindled by a spark from another person. Each of us has cause to think with deep gratitude of those who have lighted the flame within us.” —Albert Schweitzer

As the United Nations prepares for its 71st session, Mohammed Fairouz honors the courage of those who came before us to make bold vows and asks us to step beyond our cynicism to achieve our greatest aspirations.

http://www.onbeing.org/blog/mohammed-fairouz-the-virtue-of-dreaming-and-doing/8926
As the United Nations prepares for its 71st session, Mohammed Fairouz honors the courage of those who came before us to make bold vows and asks us to step beyond our cynicism to achieve our greatest aspirations.
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"Sports are social practices that form us morally."

The Olympics remind us of the glory of athleticism, but as a daily ritual, it's a gritty crucible for character. Don C. Richter on the the spiritual underpinnings of the discipline of sport.

http://www.onbeing.org/blog/don-richter-the-moral-value-of-sports/8856
Athleticism can pay off with glory and spectacle, but it's also a daily ritual, a crucible for character. Theologian Don C. Richter explores the the spiritual underpinnings of the discipline of sport.
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"We have a limitless capacity for amazement. It's something of a miracle that when it comes to awe, we can contain multitudes."

In the aftermath of Brexit, media studies professor Marty Kaplan remembers that we have a limitless capacity for amazement even when we should be more fearful. When those times come, remember the starry nights and remember the coolness of rain.

https://www.onbeing.org/blog/marty-kaplan-sometimes-i-forget-to-be-afraid-of-things/8772
In the aftermath of Brexit, a man remembers that we have a limitless capacity for amazement even when we should be more fearful. When those times come, remember rain.
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"Sometimes, the call is an awareness, grief, or longing present in one’s life with a sensibility that seems to speak, 'This isn’t the life I’m meant to live. There’s something more.'"

Change is forged in the crucibles of doubt and the unknown. Jim Marsden maps the arc of radical transformation — from heeding the call to finding a new center of gravity — and honors the mysterious spaces between the old and the new.

https://www.onbeing.org/blog/jim-marsden-the-journey-of-transformation/8717
Change is forged in the crucibles of doubt and the unknown. Jim Marsden with an exploration of the arc of radical transformation, from heeding the call to finding a new center of gravity.
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"These days, as there is so much pain and suffering in the world, / What’s outward shows up on our inside."

Fueled by a Vietnamese Zen master's question, Omid Safi waxes lyrical on the many ways we need to be loved and need to love others in a time of turmoil and uncertainty. How do you need to be loved? Tell somebody. Ask somebody.

http://www.onbeing.org/blog/omid-safi-how-can-i-love-you-better/8759
Fueled by a Vietnamese Zen master's question, Omid Safi waxes lyrical on the many ways we need to be loved and need to love others in a time of turmoil and uncertainty.
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"A hundredth part of a day is the difference between doing something and not doing it. It’s the difference between an experience envisioned or postponed or never-dreamed-of and an actual experience, one that leaves you changed — initiated and ready for more."

Instead of focusing on grit and the "10,000-hour rule," what if we tried doing something new, even just for 15 minutes? In the course of a few days, Paul Elie describes his experience surfing Steamers Lane and hiking trails in a redwood forest and Mt. Tamalpais — and how it changes one's sense of things altogether.

http://www.onbeing.org/blog/paul-elie-a-hundredth-part-of-a-day/8934
The now-prevalent culture of mastery and expertise take root in ideas of grit and the "10,000-hour rule." But, doing something new for the first time, even just a little, changes your sense of it altogether.
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“We knew that what we were going to do was far greater than any athletic feat, and he said 'I’ll stand with you'. I expected to see fear in Norman’s eyes, but instead we saw love.” —John Carlos

An Italian writer pays tribute to the story of the little-known Australian sprinter who was on the podium that day in 1968 in Mexico City for the Olympic medals ceremony. A closer look at an iconic public stand for human rights reveals a heartening, surprising story of alliance and brotherhood.

http://www.onbeing.org/blog/riccardo-gazzaniga-the-white-man-in-that-classic-olympics-photo/8035
An Italian writer pays tribute to the story of the little-known Australian sprinter who was on the podium that day in 1968 in Mexico City for the Olympic medals ceremony. A closer look at an iconic public stand for human rights reveals a heartening, surprising story of alliance and brotherhood.
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"The universe itself is not good, nor is it is evil. The passage of time by itself doesn’t make things better, nor does it make things worse. It is the will of humanity put into action that inclines us towards the good and the beautiful."

Drawing on the walking undead from Game of Thrones, Omid Safi​ comments on the stubborn disease of white supremacy, and on resisting its spread with the resilience of kinship and kindness.

http://www.onbeing.org/blog/omid-safi-white-walkers-of-white-supremacy/8827
Omid Safi draws a parallel from pop culture to politics — on the disease of white supremacy, and on resisting it with the resilience of kinship and kindness.
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”There is no such thing as closure. We have to live with loss, clear or ambiguous.”

Pauline Boss says that the idea of closure in fact leads us astray — it’s a myth we need to put aside, like the idea we’ve accepted that grief has five linear stages and we come out the other side done with it. She coined the term “ambiguous loss,” creating a new field in family therapy and psychology. And she has wisdom for the complicated griefs and losses in all of our lives and in how we best approach the losses of others — including those very much in our public midst right now.

http://www.onbeing.org/program/pauline-boss-the-myth-of-closure/8757
There is no such thing as closure. Family therapist Pauline Boss says that the idea of closure in fact leads us astray — it’s a myth we need to put aside.
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"When we settle for sketches of people, rather than detailed drawings, we put the systems and cultures they are a part of out of focus."

How do we avoid flattening out and reducing entire groups of people with cliches and generalizations? We must tell better stories and more of them by more diverse people who deepen our understanding of the nuances rather than reducing them to a single narrative.

https://www.onbeing.org/blog/courtney-martin-avoiding-the-caricature-trap-draw-out-the-richness-of-characters-part-i/8760
How do we avoid cliches and generalizations of entire groups of people? We must tell better stories and more of them by more people who deepen our understanding of the nuances rather than reducing them to a single narrative.
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"Art has the power to remind us that, beyond the horrifying events spanning human history, the unassailable force of love abides."

In an information-saturated world, how might poetry and art help us transcend a steady stream of depressing news reports and partisan diatribes — and process just how badly we’re hurting as a country?

http://www.onbeing.org/blog/sarah-smarsh-the-data-of-tragedy-and-the-province-of-art/8755
In an information-saturated world, it's the power of poetry and art that helps us transcend a steady stream of depressing news reports and partisan diatribes and process just how badly we’re hurting as a country.
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On Being. Elevating conversation about what it means to be human. It's a space to speak of the essentials, a discovery about the immensity of our lives.

The On Being podcast contains each week's public radio show as well as the unedited interview between Krista Tippett with scientists + theologians, deep thinkers + spiritual teachers. Updated every Thursday.
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