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Try Learning Not to Ride a Bicycle So We Can Save the World

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In his extraordinary book, Lightning East to West, Jesus, Gandhi, and the Nuclear Age, James. W. Douglass, suggests that there is such a force and a way to stop this holocaust. It lies within you and me. He says:

"Is there a spiritual reality, inconceivable to us today, which corresponds in history to the physical reality which Einstein discovered and which led to the atomic bomb? Einstein discovered a law of physical change : the way to convert a single particle of matter into enormous physical energy. Might there not also be, as Gandhi suggested, an equally incredible and undiscovered law of spiritual change, whereby a single person or small community of persons could be converted into an enormous spiritual energy capable of transforming a society and a world? I believe that there is , that there must be, a spiritual reality corresponding to E =mc2 because, from the standpoint of creative harmony, the universe is incomplete without it, and because, from the standpoint of moral freedom, humankind is sentenced to extinction without it".

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I believe it too. It arises in the hearts and minds of those totally committed to the truth no matter where it leads, and the passion to suffer it, even when it makes them look foolish. "A man needs a little madness, or else he never dares cut the rope and be free," Zorba tells the boss in Nikos Kazantzakis's Zorba the Greek.

So let's try learning not to ride our bicycles so we can save ourselves and the world.

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