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Yesterday's story of sadness, now this that comes from it ...
HELP IS ON THE WAY FOR YOUSSIF
Few stories have touched CNN.com users like that of 5-year-old Youssif,
an Iraqi boy set on fire by masked men.
A U.S. burns center has offered to pay for all his medical expenses.
When told of the news, the boy ran through his house in joy:
"Daddy, am I really going to get on a plane?!"[read more]
Okay, okay, I know .. how these news pieces capture the hearts of people for a minute ... We open our purses and purge our guilty hearts. It lets us feel good for a time, making us feel generous ... as we ignore all the other needy children not seen on the tv. ... Sure, sure. That is all true.
But this story also shows the option for both harmful and helpful action by human beings, how we can be violent or loving. We live in a world where we are largely free to pursue either road, all by our choice and character.
In our Zazen, we sit peacefully on that center point, at the exact cross-roads to both. And we just are there, still, dropping all thoughts of 'good' or 'bad' ... yet observing it all with tears and smiles.
We are sitting at the center of this complex, turning wheel.
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