Wednesday, March 7, 2007

Wednesday Wisdom

"The radical of one century is the conservative of the next. The radical invents the views. When he has worn them out, the conservative adopts them."
- Mark Twain

Jesus was a radical who wrote in the sand.
The church that arose in his name carves words into stone.
I want to be a radical like Jesus.

1 comment:

Mystical Seeker said...

I think it is time to reclaim the word "radical". I like being a radical. I am proud of it. I wear it on my sleeve. The word radical comes from "root"--it means someone who seeks solutions that get to the root of the problem.

I went back and found a posting in my blog where I quoted Matthew Fox from his first book. What I wrote was,

Matthew Fox writes, "The word 'radical' receives rather bad press these days, but whatever be its emotional connotations, it is perfectly apt for our purposes. In fact, it is as innocuous as 'radishes' (which derives from the same word) or 'roots' (coming from the Latin word radix meaning root). " Fox also quotes William Sloan Coffin, who once said, "A liberal is a person who thinks other people need help, and a radical is one who knows we're all in trouble."