Lord Byron

There is a pleasure in the pathless woods, 
There is a rapture on the lonely shore, 
There is society where none intrudes, 
By the deep Sea, and music in its roar: 
I love not Man the less, but Nature more,
From these our interviews, in which I steal 
From all I may be, or have been before,
To mingle with the Universe, and feel 
What I can ne’er express, yet cannot all conceal.

~Lord Byron



The world is full of scared, ignorant, and angry people.  Thus, such people inevitably will take center stage when any religion or cause is being represented.  The media and society in general are less likely to latch onto and perpetuate messages of love.  The news seems to tell far more stories about people being robbed, raped, murdered, and (goodness forbid) offended than stories of people being kind.  That doesn’t mean people have stopped being kind; It means the media doesn’t think kindness is as interesting as drama and hatred.  An imbalance is created as the result of a false appearance of imbalance.  People mistake their beliefs for facts, and the scales get tipped some more.  Those who try to promote messages of peace and understanding are like salmon trying to swim upstream to a purer place, and are likely suffering from extreme exhaustion.   Society uses labels to lump people together with the oversimplified thought that those who share a label are the same.  The truth is that different people can attach different ideas to the same labels.  For example, some people consider a Christian to be somebody who regularly attends church and avoids people who are sinful.  Other people consider a Christian to be somebody who loves Christ and helps others instead of judging them.  Thus you can have two people who refer to themselves as a Christian with one person turning a “sinner” away and the other person embracing the “sinner.”   It’s so easy to judge people.  It’s easy to lump them together and declare disgust.  I am not without guilt in this regard.  However, wouldn’t it be lovely if we all tried to be more thoughtful and kind?  I don’t expect such a thing to happen, but what a dream it is.


Somewhere in your past
you knew the Ancient ways…

This is why you find yourself
being drawn by a deep seated urge.

An urge so powerful
that you don’t question it…
Or fight it…
You long for it…


Deborah Hinton