Last weekend Iris and I were in Mainz Germany. It is a fabulously old city with origins back to 15 BC. The Romans first set up an out post there at that time. The local domed church is an enormous construction over a thousand years old. It amazes one to see such a structure built so long ago and still being used. Parts of the Roman aqueduct still stand.

The World We Have by Thich Nhat Hanh

We have constructed a system we can’t control. It imposes itself on us, and we become its slaves and victims.

We have created a society in which the rich become richer and the poor become poorer, and in which we are so caught up in our own immediate problems that we cannot afford to be aware of what is going on with the rest of the human family or our planet Earth.

In my mind I see a group of chickens in a cage disputing over a few seeds of grain, unaware that in a few hours they will all be killed.

– Thich Nhat Hanh, in “The World we Have”.