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Ignite the soul blog June 5th. Tolstoy, Russian bush, Schweitzer. Greater Souls have there ever been?

To James it is not clear that there ever have been. In part because these three are among the one-in-a-million few that have internalised what the prior great Souls have shared with us, and at least brought these great early contributions current and to some degree went beyond.

And I find that all three although no indication is that they were close or in close communication, or any communication at all, all three were impressed with and influenced by the other two.

Most of yesterday was spent on the tedious and important task of creating those extremely clean copies of the first and second portion of Tolstoy, four Gospels translated and harmonized, 12 chapters in all. If things go as planned then by tomorrow evening the two copies will be finished. Then James will discover if his computer is powerful enough to create the 900-page combined document that is desired.

while doing the technical work of spell checking and formatting Etc, most of yesterday was spent listening to Schweitzer, and the estimation that James has of Schweitzer as a soul and a contributor went from extremely high even higher. He has gone about as far as any human has toward full Humanity. Those one-in-a-million wishing to fully ignite their own soul cannot afford not to study his easily accessible materials.

And some of the time yesterday and much of it today was spent listening to Rauschenbusch, the most significant Creator through his writings of the men Martin Luther King jr. That had no interest in the profession of Christianity until in Boston University or Boston College, he read rauschenbusch, Christianity and social crisis I believe is the name.

Today some time was spent in the journey listening to some articles that have been put in a list and several were really extraordinary.


Schweitzer. James too. Rarely so in companionship has James felt as in reading these words yesterday.

This a quote from the epilogue of schweitzer's final book, out of my life and thought, and autobiography.

Yesterday's voyage was spent listening to portions of multiple Schweitzer books that had recently been downloaded from the first several were schweitzer's scholarship on the man Jesus and I was horrified. Dogma upon Dogma upon Dogma. Bulshit upon bulshit. Psychotic.
Whether he ever spoke differently about the man Jesus I don't know. But his life speaks a very very very different understanding than his scholarly works.
More from the epilogue of this autobiography.

 "Only at quite rare moments have I felt really glad to be alive. I could not but feel with a sympathy full of regret all the pain that I saw around me, not only that of men but that of the whole creation. From this community of suffering I have never tried to withdraw myself. It seemed to me a matter of course that we should all take our share of the burden of pain which lies upon the world. Even while I was a boy at school it was clear to me that no explanation of the evil in the world could ever satisfy me; all explanations, I felt, ended in sophistries, and at bottom had no other object than to make it possible for men to share in the misery around them, with less keen feelings..... "