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Suffering is universal; we are all part of the totality of it…

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.     Suffering is universal; we are all part of the totality of it… and (together) we can go beyond it.  

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.   Sometimes going beyond mere representative images and symbolic patterns (as what thoughts are)… is a fundamental way of truly transcending suffering.  Such a “going beyond” is silent, perceptive, non-fragmentary, and devoid of mere separation and indifferent distance.

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.     from Walt Whitman:

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I SIT and look out upon all the sorrows of the world, and upon all
oppression and shame;
I hear secret convulsive sobs from young men, at anguish with
themselves, remorseful after deeds done;
I see, in low life, the mother misused by her children, dying,
neglected, gaunt, desperate;
I see the wife misused by her husband—I see the treacherous seducer
of young women;
I mark the ranklings of jealousy and unrequited love, attempted to be
hid—I see these sights on the earth;
I see the workings of battle, pestilence, tyranny—I see martyrs and
prisoners;
I observe a famine at sea—I observe the sailors casting lots who
shall be kill’d, to preserve the lives of the rest;
I observe the slights and degradations cast by arrogant persons upon
laborers, the poor, and upon negroes, and the like;
All these—All the meanness and agony without end, I sitting, look
out upon,
See, hear, and am silent.

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Purple Passion... photo by Thomas Peace 2013

Purple Passion… photo by Thomas Peace 2013

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  1. Walt doesn’t really know how to pull his punches… 😮 Wonderful – and strangely synchronous with a lot being said around the blogs just now. Thank you 🙂

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