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No matter how spiritual we are, our lives will have challenges. We will always run into people that are different that we are, but the true challenge may be in finding ways to be at peace with this process. Rather than give in to the fight or flight response that comes from our animal nature, we can find new ways to evolve together into higher more beautiful expressions of ourselves, realizing, embracing and celebrating the beauty of diversity and the strength it offers for the future.

from Daily Om

“One of the most valuable things I’ve been reminded of [working on LotR] is the value of compassion. The importance of mercy. Especially towards people that you don’t understand or you have differences with. Understanding that even the smallest person matters. Let’s say we’re sitting in a restaurant and we’re talking about compassion and humility and how bad prejudice is, and the waiter comes over, and you say, ‘go away, we’re busy talking, can’t you see that?’ You’ve blown everything you just said. So it does matter how Merry and Pippin talk to each other. It does matter how I treat my son. It does matter how I deal with a waiter or anybody. It’s what each person does and how they react, that’s what makes community, what makes a society. It’s obvious, but what else is there? And that’s what the story tells you.”

Viggo Mortensen on LotR
by Emmanuel Itier
theBookLA.com
2004

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