FOR GRADUATES OF THE ORPHAN WISDOM SCHOOL
Perhaps it is because this last oil spill has lapped up on the shores of this big island we live on, finally and irredeemably, or it is because there is water where there should be heat this summer, or because the divorces aren’t working out better than the marriages are, or because some have their noses in the wind, facing where their people should have been, with a feel of what the coming days will bring to them; whatever the purpose and reason for this mysterious thing, against all the odds and the fashion of the times enough scholars of sorrow have found their way to us that the Orphan Wisdom School’s first Master Class in the Care of Dying People is full. More mysteriously, the news of this seems not to have deterred many, so that there has appeared something like a waiting list for a second Master Class. This willingness to wait for such a thing has melted the kind of judgement that allows only one thing at a time to be done, and so we will not ask those with such a willingness to wait much. We will launch out into the tidal sway of life a new little boat of good intent and sweeping spiritual activism that will be a new harangue and meditation on the mandatory and crucial skills of deep living unto death.
This course, like its slightly older sibling, will teach the subversive arts of knowing dying well. It will also take in very deeply the need for a better day, especially for those we may not live to see. From what we know this can after a fashion be discussed while we’re isolated into one day conferences and the like, but things just have more the bite of real possibility when small groups of people nail themselves to the wheel of the world long enough to work together and begin what I call learning in real time.
Taken altogether – and the day may come when they do come together – these two classes of scholars might begin to carry the real, eloquent willingness and capacity to make a better day for our harrowed corner of the world.
If you are interested in joining The Orphan Wisdom School, please contact us and we will send you an information and registration form.
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