Monday, July 6, 2009

"Parable of the Sower" - Octavia Butler

In Octavia Butler's book Parable of the Sower, she provides many thought-provoking, faith-evoking, and action-inspiring quotes. Here are a few that were especially meaningful to us:

"All that you touch, you change. All that you change, changes you. The only lasting truth is change. God is Change."

"God can't be resisted or stopped, but can be shaped and focused."

"God is Change, and in the end, God prevails. But God exists to be shaped. It isn't enough for us just to survive, limping along, playing business as usual while things get worse and worse."

"Why is the universe? To shape God. Why is God? To shape the universe."

"All struggles are essentially power struggles. Who will rule. Who will lead. Who will define, refine, confine, design. Who will dominate. All struggles are essentially power struggles. And most are no more intellectual than two rams knocking their heads together."

"All successful life is adaptable, opportunistic, tenacious, interconnected, and fecund. Understand this. Use it. Shape God."

"We are Earthseed. The life that perceives itself changing."

"I preached from Luke, chapter eighteen, verses one through eight: the parable of the importunate widow...A widow is so persistent in her demands for justice that she overcomes the resistance of a judge who fears neither God nor man. She wears him down. Moral: The weak can overcome the strong if the weak persist."

The essentials [of Earthseed] are to shape God with forethought, care, and work; to educate and benefit their community, their families, and themselves; and to contribute of the fulfillment of the Destiny."

"God is Infinite Potential: God is Change."

"Your teachers are all around you. All that you perceive. All that you experience. All that is given to you, or taken from you. All that you love or hate, need or fear. Will teach you - if you will learn. God is your first and last teacher."

"Respect God. Pray working. Pray learning, planning, doing. Pray creating, teaching, reaching. Pray working. Pray to focus your thoughts, still your fears, strengthen your purpose. Respect God. Shape God. Pray working."

"God is Change, and in the end, God does prevail. But we have something to say about the whens and the whys in that end."

"Create no images of God. Accept the images that God has provided. They are everywhere, in everything. God is Change. Seed to tree, tree to forest. Rain to river, river to sea. Grubs to bees, bees to swarms. From one, many; from many, one. Forever uniting, growing, dissolving - forever changing. The universe is God's self-portrait."

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