Sunday, October 08, 2006

B Attitudes

Just the other day, I was thinking about how my attitude has changed since reading Daniel Quinn's work, particularily: Ishmael, My Ishmael and The Story of B. Most people who read the trilogy refer to themselves as "B" after the character in The Story of B. And when you call yourself B you usually adopt certain attitudes that you may or may not have had before. I thought I would post the B attitudes from the Ishmael Community here to refresh my memory.

B Attitudes

Blessed are those who refrain from exalting themselves above their neighbors in the community of life, for their children shall have a world to live in.

Blessed are those who listen to their neighbors in the community of life, for they shall escape extinction.

Blessed are those who refrain from imposing on others their "one right way to live," for cultural diversity shall be restored among them.

Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for the survival of Leaver cultures, for they shall preserve a legacy of wisdom accumulated from the beginning of time.

Blessed are those who do not fancy themselves rulers or managers or stewards of the earth, for the earth managed to thrive for three billion years without any of us.

Blessed are those who do whatever they can wherever they are, for no one is devoid of resources or opportunities.

Blessed are those who awaken others as they have been awakened, for they are B.

1 comment:

Dom said...

I can't say how many times I have read Ishmael. No matter where I'm at, or what I'm thinking about reading that puts my head on straight - or at least facing a new direction.