“But the explanation of how man should live a life of active social service in full harmony with himself as a member of the community of spirit, I found in the writings of those great medieval mystics for whom ‘self-surrender’ had been the way to self-realization, and who in ‘singleness of mind’ and ‘inwardness’ had found strength to say yes to every demand which the needs of their neighbours made them face, and to say yes also to every fate life had in store for them when they followed the call of duty as they understood it.”
―Dag Hammarskjöld in a radio interview with Edward R. Murrow 1953, soon after his appointment as United Nations secretary general.
Recently, Roger Lipsey, author of the new book, Hammarskjöld: A Life, and a member of our Board of Directors for PARABOLA, spoke at a United Nations commemoration on the sixtieth anniversary of Dag Hammarskjöld’s oath of office.
For more about Lipsey’s book or information about the life and legacy of Hammarskjöld, check out this website.
Watch the video commemoration here.
Sleeping in garage until Spring … (Taken with instagram)
As a result of several long-building, polarizing trends in American politics and culture, we have lost the ability to execute even the basic functions of government, much less solve the most difficult and divisive problems facing the country. … Those who think that they alone have the right answers, those who demonize those who think differently, and those who refuse to listen and take other points of view into account — these leaders, in my view, are a danger to the American people and to the future of our republic.
Nice quote from former Defense Secretary Robert Gates last week in Philadelphia. (via washingtonpoststyle)
This is undeniable ….