Joanna Macy: A Twitterscript

Friday, October 1, 2010 - 2:51 pm

Joanna Macy: A Twitterscript

For nearly all of Krista’s interviews nowadays, we live-tweet (@softweets) the verbal gems and meaningful points of the conversation so that we can provide some type of real-time dialogue with our online friends. But, we realize many of you either don’t use Twitter or just simply miss our tweets because of the busy pace of a day at work or home so we’re creating a catalog of those submissions for you to read in one place.
Following is our “Twitterscript” of Krista’s interview with Joanna Macy that took place over an ISDN line on July 13, 2010. As you may know, it was a wonderful conversation that made for an instant classic titled “A Wild Love for the World.” A former CIA agent and translator of Rainer Maria Rilke, a Buddhist teach and a philosopher of ecology, this octogenarian had many wise things to share that were wonderful nuggets for our Twitterstream:

    Joanna Macy

  1. Krista is about to interview eco-philosopher and Buddhist scholar Joanna Macy: – Stay tuned for live Tweets!
    1:01 PM Jul 13th
  2. “I had a sense of the world as big and wise and intelligent. I had an appetite to disappear into it.” -Macy on her childhood summers
    1:18 PM Jul 13th
  3. While we’re fixing technical issues Krista says: “You wouldn’t believe how beautiful Rilke’s German is. It sounds nothing like Hitler.”
    1:26 PM Jul 13th
  4. “The human drama involved in the Stalinist oppression of Eastern Europe moved us deeply.” -Joanna Macy on taking in Hungarian refugees, 1956
    1:31 PM Jul 13th
  5. Macy is about to read one of the Rilke poems she translated. It begins: “I live my life in widening circles…”
    1:31 PM Jul 13th
  6. “Our human minds are too small to make pronouncements and definitions around the source of the sacred.” -Joanna Macy
    1:35 PM Jul 13th
  7. “My world itself is sacred. I don’t need to put all my notions of what is holy into a big daddy God…” -Joanna Macy
    1:35 PM Jul 13th
  8. Macy on the parallels between Rilke and Buddhist notions of God: “We must not portray you in kings’ robes.” -Joanna Macy translating Rilke
    1:40 PM Jul 13th
  9. “There’s this opening up with reverence and appreciation to the gift of life itself.” – Macy on current religious thinking across traditions
    Tue Jul 13 13:46:43 2010
  10. “What batters you becomes your strength.” -Joanna Macy reading her translation of Rilke’s Sonnet to Orpheus.
    Tue Jul 13 13:54:32 2010
  11. “I’m not insisting that we be brimming with hope. It’s OK not to be optimistic.” -Joanna Macy, on the current environmental crisis
    Tue Jul 13 14:00:46 2010
  12. “Buddhist teaching says that a feeling that you have to maintain hope can wear you out.” -Joanna Macy
    Tue Jul 13 14:01:17 2010
  13. “Song itself cannot happen without time.” -Joanna Macy, during her interview with Krista
    Tue Jul 13 14:07:18 2010
  14. “We are the weaver, and we are the web; we are the flow and we are the ebb” – Joanna Macy quoting a chant
    Tue Jul 13 14:09:08 2010
  15. “Being spiritual is in now, but it also generates a lot of silliness…escapism and a whole lot of new manufactured products” – Joanna Macy
    Tue Jul 13 14:10:03 2010
  16. “It’s linked back to all the hands of the ages. Every atom in this hand goes back to..the beginning of space-time.”- Macy observing her hand
    Tue Jul 13 14:15:44 2010
  17. ”..death does not wound us without at the same time lifting us toward a more perfect understanding of this being and of ourselves” – Rilke
    Tue Jul 13 14:20:44 2010
  18. “There’s no excuse for making love for our world dependent on whether we think it’s going to go on forever..this moment you’re alive.” -Macy
    Tue Jul 13 14:23:52 2010

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is the cofounder of On Being and currently serves as publisher & editor-in-chief. He received a Peabody Award in 2007 for his work on “The Ecstatic Faith of Rumi” and garnered two Webby Awards (in 2005, and again in 2008). The Online News Association nominated his journalistic work multiple times in the general excellence and outstanding specialty journalism categories. Trent’s reported and produced stories from Turkey to rural Alabama, from Israel and the West Bank to Cambridge, England.

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