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Love the earth and the sun and the animals,
Despise riches, give alms to everyone that asks,
Stand up for the stupid and the crazy,
Devote your income and labor to others,
Hate tyrants, argue not concerning God,
Have patience and indulgence towards others,
Take off your hat to nothing known or unknown,
Or to any man or any number of men,
Go freely with powerful uneducated persons,
And with the young and with the mothers of families,
Read these leaves in the open air,
Every season of every year of your life,
Reexamine all you have been told,
At school or church or in any book,
Dismiss whatever insults your soul,
And your very flesh shall be a great poem,
And have the richest fluency,
Not only in its words,
But in the silent lines of its lips and face,
And between the lashes of your eyes,
And in every motion and joint of your body.

-Walt Whitman, from the 1855 Preface to Leaves of Grass

The Fourteen Precepts of Inter-Being – Thich Nhat Hanh

Eighteen Myths for Remythologizing our Species – Matthew Fox

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The Aims and Means of the Catholic Worker 

Photograph: Samuel Murray [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

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