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Noah Levine. Against The Stream.
Our lives are much easier when we choose to hide our heads in the sand, look the other way, pull the sheets over our heads, pretend not to notice. It certainly is human. But is it the right way? In Noah Levine's seminal work, "Against The Stream: A Buddhist Manuel For Spiritual Revolutionaries", Mr. Levine challenges us to defy conventional thinking and, in a sense, believing. He acknowledges our humanity -we WANT to feel good all of the time. And, why not? Isn't life about feeling good and doing the things necessary to get to that place? Well, yes, of course it is. However, he also points out that it's the THINGS we do to achieve that goal, and how we define that PLACE itself, that make ALL the difference. That's why people of conscious must defy the odds and swim against the stream. You must be a true revolutionary, willing to suffer the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune, and by opposing, end them - Shakespeare. Be the change you wish to see in the world - Gandhi. Make a living by what we get, ... make a life by what we give - Churchill.
I could go on. I shouldn't have to.