What Shall I Do with My Life, Part 3: The Experience of Community, 1971 March 21


In this third installment of “What Shall I do With My Life”, Thurman addressed the experience of community from the fluidity of consciousness. The line of delineation between life and death, love and hate, war and forgiveness are all discussed with regards to our own self-consciousness. Our experience of community is one with the unity of life and the aliveness of life. Still, it is the desire of man to stabilize those things that we need to guarantee our physical existence. Since the impersonal, social, and economic, and natural forces that impact our lives can not be controlled, we must choose freedom to accept the responsibility of our reaction to these things.

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