A wasted life
Thomas Merton had a way of seeing and saying things that make sense even 50 after he passed away. Osho says the same thing essentially. We cannot take it with us so it is important to do well with it on Earth and share in ways that make the world a better place.
Dr Bill Wooten
“If you have learned only how to be a success, your life has probably been wasted.” ~ Thomas Merton
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In keeping with bell hooks and Noam Chomsky, I consider myself a public and dissident intellectual. Part of my work is to move beyond (transcend) institutional dogmas that bind me to defend freedom, raising my voice to be heard on behalf of those who seek equity and justice in all their forms.
I completed my PhD in Philosophy of Leadership Studies at Gonzaga University, Spokane, WA. My dissertation and research was how teachers experience becoming teachers and their role as leaders.
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I published peer reviewed articles about schools as learning organizations, currere as an ethical pursuit, and hope as an essential element of adult eductaion. I published three poems and am currently preparing my poetry to publish as an anthology of poetry.
I present on mindful leadership, servant leadership, schools as learning organizations, how teachers experience becoming teachers, assessement, and critical thinking. I facilitate mindfulness, hospitality retreats. and World Cafe Events using Appreciative Inquiry.
I am writing and researching about various forms of leadership, how teachers inform and form their identity as a particular teacher, schools as learning organizations, hope and its anticipatory relationship with the future, and hope as an essential element in learning.
A very wise man
Yes, he was. I love reading his books. They have a Zen-Christian quality in the mysticism he spoke about.
I recall thje very first time I read one at the ideas aout silence were new to me then
Simply and wisely put!
Sooooooo many books. Read part of one and commentary on him. Certainly seems one of most blissfully connected with Holy Spirit few can approach that level.
I agree Carl with those last two comments. He wrote prolifically for only about 20 years. Some of the books were published posthumously from his journals and essays. I always find his blend of humour and mysticism compelling.
Beautiful post. The essence of the quote to me is to redefine “success” to include virtues such as humility, compassion and empathy.
Thank you and regards 🙂
I agree. Thomas Merton had a Zen quality and was a great writer who brought together that quality with Christian mysticism focused on humility, compassion, and empathy.