Wednesday, 10 June 2015

It Began in a Cowshed

I have just begun reading Ray Simpson's "The Cowshed Revolution" in which he expounds the desirability of being downwardly mobile.  He looks to point out what can be achieved by bucking the trend and challenging the conventions that are around.  Right at the beginning he quotes the Burmese leader Aung San Suu Kyi.  She has become a symbol of the search for liberation as she has been denied freedom.  Simpson quotes her as pointing out that influence does not need to come from the expected places.  As she once said, referring to Jesus' birth at Bethlehem: "After all, didn't one of the most influential movements in the world begin in a cowshed?"

How are we using the influence that we have?  Do we recognise the realities and possibilities of being counter-cultural?

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