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Friday, August 21, 2009

In New Harmony, there is an open meadow that runs along one of the side streets with an interesting inscription at one end.

This area was once part of a commons with the original Utopian Rappite settlement here. This statement was coined long before the Supreme Court ruled on expressions of this sort on public property. The statement to me adds to the aura of New Harmony and the open freedom of expression promoted in this small out of the way community such as the creative writing workshops and discussion groups held here throughout the summer.

No doubt over the years, there have been discussions in the "Poets' House"centering around a statement such as this both pro and con. But thankfully a discussion like this can still be held. There are many countries where this type of subject would be taboo. Let's hope that freedom still exists for visitors to New Harmony in 2016 or 2030. "Long live" freedom of expression so all sides can be heard and out the discussion path's to the future are laid.

11 comments:

...... Bobbi said...

I love this quote, and I've heard similar versions. When I contacted my friend Google, I found out the quote is by Laurence Freeman. He is a monk and the director of The World Community for Christian Meditation. I've only read one of his books, "Jesus: The Teacher Within."

You truly do learn something new everyday!

Simply Heather said...

What a glorious find to share with us all, Dan. And...I thank you for thinking of me, encouraging me with your comment yesterday afternoon and above these...for your prayers :).

This is a blessing, a gift to the world; if only the world would appreciate the truth and the structure in which this is built.

....Bobbi - Your comment has turned another page of learning for me, in the book of Bobbi :)

Sarah Sofia Ganborg said...

VERY INTERESTING POST!

I went through many of your posts looked at the beautiful pics and read some of the stories...
- very interesting!!! and as usually very aesthetic!

re wingwalkers... hm I got your point and partly i do feel like you but party your post also made me wann do it...

I just got home from the north, posted lots of different pics on "anders wohnen" and elsewhere, but you should look at my gallery blog, I did give you a nice award and you can pick it up there. you've earned it.

Dan Felstead said...

Bobbi...thanks for researching this! Actually after your comment...I went back to the photo and enlarged it and bingo...you are right! If you look at the lower right hand corner of the quote...you will see some writing...too small to read from blogger but it says"Laurence Freemen, OSB."!

As you said...I learned something today! It is always a good day when we learn.

Dan

Dan Felstead said...

Heather...I like your "Book of Bobbi"! Also, hang in there for tomorrow...celebrate her life.

Dan

Dan Felstead said...

Sarah...somehow...I can see you wing walking! I you do...I definitively will be watching from mother earth!

I will check out your post...thanks for the heads up.

Dan

Patty said...

Wonderful photo and quote. I tried to read the name under the quote. Thanks, Bobbi, for the info.

I love the angle you got on the wall.

When you get a moment please tell me how to make my photos larger. I have managed to stretch my page, but when I try to enlarge a photo using the tips and tricks I find on the web they look terrible.

Have a great weekend, Dan. Always a pleasure viewing your work.

Dan Felstead said...

Thanks Patty for the comment. I have sent you an email listing out the steps to enlarge on the blog. Hope it helps.

Dan

septembermom said...

Dan, great photo and memorable quote. I can always count on your blog to enrich my day with beautiful images and stirring words.

Dan Felstead said...

Septembermom...what I enjoy with this blog world is that posts often become collaborations...readers will often post comments about an image that adds to it or sometimes they provide the back story with more research than I often do!

It is truly a creative community effort!

Dan

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