Patricia Brady

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Poetry often offers metaphorical insights that strike deeper than common sense. One of Israeli poet Yehudi Amichai’s poems, for instance (quoted in Holloway 2001: vi), begins: From the place where we are right flowers will never grow. Being sure of ourselves and of our practices, even our helping practices, is no guarantee that they are life-giving. In fact certainties often stifle compassion, thought and imagination, their essential sources. But these sources are often in short supply in our society today, with the result that many of us are feeling increasingly disillusioned, wondering where our hopes and energies have gone. If we are to survive as a decent and humane society, we need to interrogate current certainties that seem to care more for short-term profit and efficiency than for people in need. Enmeshed in the details and challenges of our work, it is time to renew our imagination and remind ourselves what a decent and humane society might look like. © Fran Gale, Natalie Bolzan and Dorothy McRae-McMahon 2007.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSpirited Practuces - Spirituality and the Helping Professions
EditorsFran Gale, Natalie Bolzan, Dorothy McRae-McMahon
Place of PublicationAustralia
PublisherAllen & Unwin
ISBN (Print)9781741750614
Publication statusPublished - 2007

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