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from a personal poetical exploration of
thich nhat hanh's 14 precepts

fifth precept: living simply

Do not accumulate wealth while millions are hungry. Do not take as the aim of your life fame, profit, wealth, or sensual pleasure. Live simply and share time, energy, and material resources with those who are in need.

whew -
fallin' asleep tryin' to work I find that sleepiness fought (if not wrong diet) is lack of inspriation which i found doing my laundry as much as I depend on computers I'm coming not to like washing machines kneading my clothes in a sink is fun I come back looking for thich nhat hanh to back me up on personal labour whole system ethic wear your clothes, wash them be aware of your dirt and the work required to keep you clean i find his precepts they all start with not or nothing but the third sentence in the fifth precept leads me forward: "live simply..." that others may live the second half of that precept sentence fulfilled by swarthmore our ethic is solid like the fifth precept and the fourth precept recall quakerism both awareness and action on behalf of the less fortunate the suffering those without a fieldhouse and an arboretum this is concretely the kensington welfare rights union sleeping for tent city and the student dance-a-thon next semester "share time, energy, and material resources with those who are in need" so sayeth the fifth and some Swarthmore students thinking again of myself how must I act to ensure proper aim of my life bear in mind social justice I who have been born so wealthy
must share above all else.

fourth | interbeing | sixth