Tuesday, October 04, 2011

The Deep Testimony of Dead Men's Voices

Oh! if when we oppress and grind our fellow-creatures, we bestowed but one thought on the dark evidences of human error, which, like dense and heavy clouds, are rising, slowly it is true, but not less surely, to Heaven, to pour their after-vengeance on our heads; if we heard but one instant, in imagination, the deep testimony of dead men's voices, which no power can stifle, and no pride shut out; where would be the injury and injustice, the suffering, misery, cruelty, and wrong, that each day's life brings with it!

-- Charles Dickens

1 comment :

  1. Hello. I have recently been learning both from your videos and your weblog. I was surprised to see Charles Dickens here, a great entertainer; I figured you might regard him differently, based on the youtube video about entertainment. In any case, this is only a handshake or a wave hello. I teach english, so I'll leave with a bit more Western version of Eastern:

    Except for the point, the still point,
    There would be no dance, and there is only the dance.
    I can only say, there we have been: but I cannot say where.
    And I cannot say, how long, for that is to place it in time.
    The inner freedom from the practical desire,
    The release from action and suffering, release from the inner
    And the outer compulsion, yet surrounded
    By a grace of sense, a white light still and moving...

    -T.S. Eliot's "Burnt Norton"

    Many thanks for your talks; in only a few days they have helped deepen my meditation practice; they have been great still points in each of my days.