Without further comment... in his inclement, howling old age, Ahab’s soul, shut up in
I was startled to discover a thought of Gandhi last night that pairs very well with a poem of Martin Buber. I had to do a web search to find the poem, which I copied into an old notebook when I first read it some years ago. The idea they express seems an apt one to consider for the times.
#gandhi #quote #love by @ideapods
Our hope is too new and too old—
I do not know what would remain to us
Were love not transfigured power
And power not straying love.
Do not protest: “Let love alone rule!”
Can you prove it true?
But resolve: Every morning
I shall concern myself anew about he boundary
Between the love-deed-Yes and the power-deed-No
And pressing forward honor reality.
We cannot avoid
Cannot escape the compulsion
To afflict the world,
So let us, cautious in diction
And might in contradiction,
Martin Buber/Power and Love (1926)