Can you teach yourself to play?
“We’ve been there. I got outta the water,” she says. “You take some time when you’re going down and you’ll see where you want to be. In the end, it’s what you want to be when you reach for the sky.”
It’s been said that there will never again be peace and tranquility in this world; that one day we will all be in war. Is this true?
“That’s not true, but it’s true in terms of our own lives, what we do and what we feel about our lives,” she says.
“The most important thing is when we can see things from another’s point of view, it will change how we feel about things.”
She’s not a pacifist.
“A good peace can be the best thing. That’s why people who make up the American armed forces need to love war,” she says.
“It can be so beautiful, and so beautiful when it’s over. I remember when we took the first shot at the Japanese at Pearl Harbor. It was just as if an angel came down and touched me. And that was the first day we felt that peace in our lives. When you go there and you see things as we see them, and you know they’re right, and you know that the war is over and we’re both free, then there’s no way you can change your mind. Even though it’s so beautiful, the other man might get up and shoot you.”
Lilian is not a pacifist, but is a pacifist without any other goal than “to live a life without hate.”
I asked her if she has a message for my students: “Don’t kill the birds.”
“They’ll never fly up here,” she says. “You go and get your bird. You’re going to need it. And you know that birds get killed all the time, you hear about that over and over again. But when you see them and you know one can fly up at night, go down to the city – and if it’s the right time, go to some different town, and watch that people won’t shoot them. Even a bird can be used as a weapon, as it’s already been used.”
So, as you may have already observed, they’re not “wants” or “objectives”; rather, they are the means that provide the means
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