five water-worn stones

“I do not relish the role of david confronting Goliath, who numbs the soul wherever he touches it. But I find myself curiously, perhaps absurdly, cast in that role. And the five water-worn stones I choose from the river to put in my sling, are five spiritual aspects of Maori community life – arohanui: the love of many; manuhiritanga: hospitality to the guest and stranger; korero: speech that begets peace and understanding; matewa: the night life of the soul; mahi: work undertaken from communal love; I do not know what the outcome of the battle will be. My aim may be poor. But I think my weapons are well chosen.”

(James K. Baxter)

More information on James K. Baxter’s life and work:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/James_K._Baxter;
http://www.kirjasto.sci.fi/baxt.htm;
http://www.library.auckland.ac.nz/subjects/nzp/nzlit2/baxter.htm

http://www.anthonymccann.com

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