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1/2/2010 5:47:00 PM
Letter: Interesting contrast in words vs. deeds to express love


After the multitude of headlines and letters in this newspaper over the past few weeks I suppose a few people might be a little tired of the Mago statue controversy. However, I found an interesting contrast regarding this issue in last Sunday’s (Dec. 27th) Independent.

After reading the Guest Commentary by Jennifer Sing again defending the statue and the Earth Park, I couldn’t help but be struck by the use of the same words I’ve already read numerous times in promotional flyers and newspaper articles: the statue is supposed to represent the credo of love for humanity and love for the earth. Over and over again I have heard this mantra but have found no meaning to the words represented in action. The organization purports that its contributions to the Verde Valley, besides “awakening humanity and creating world peace,” will be in the commercial pursuits of “markets, festivals, and fairs.” Perhaps those involved don’t realize that the Valley already enjoys, not only these business enterprises in many and various ways, but a humanity that loves others.

Turning back one page in last Sunday’s issue, I found some beautiful pictures of love in action. The pictures showed some of the 50 volunteers that helped serve meals that afternoon to over 200 families and individuals in need. These pictures represent the thousands of volunteers over the years that have given of themselves using their time, talents, and treasure to help those in our community who have needed someone’s help, not just through the Old Town Mission, but through countless organizations and church groups and the uncountable and unrecognized selfless acts of kindness that happen here everyday.

A symbol is empty of meaning if it is just a symbol. It doesn’t do anything but stand there if not represented by deeds. A statue doesn’t bring love to people, people do. And many do it in the thankful response to the One who has loved us first and has given us the grace to do so. The Apostle John writes in the third chapter of his first letter, “Dear children, let us not love with words or tongue but with actions and in truth.” Mr. Lee didn’t need to found another religion about loving humanity and bring its “global ideals” to our Valley. Those ideals are already here.

Oh, by the way, if the Tao organization believed its own credo of harmony and peace, they might acknowledge some of the angst they have caused by erecting their 50-foot statue and move it voluntarily to their retreat property.

Lisa Rosenow


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Reader Comments

Posted: Thursday, January 14, 2010
Article comment by: Price for peace and harmony

Wow! I guess you can put a price on peace and harmony. That's really sad. I think I get so much more out of the volunteer work I do and all it costs me is some time, not to mention those I help benefit as well.

Posted: Thursday, January 14, 2010
Article comment by: Follow the Money

'mind': shame on you even mentioning 'action' and 'truth'! I hope you try to count how many people's life your organiztion put into deep debts. 1 month $170 3 months $450 6 months $820 1 year $1450 Gold membership $5,000 Silver(plus) membership $4,000 Silver Membership $ 3,000 IA $295(one day) 2 days($395) Shim Sung $395 PBM(Power Brain Management) $900 Healing Chakra $295 BEL(Brain Education Leadership) $3,900 Dahn Mu DO Blue belt Corse$3,300 Red belt Corse $3,300 Healer master Course (Healer Corse+Dahn Mu Do) $9,500 BMC(Brain Management Course)$4,900 MIT (Master In Training)$2,800 Tao Holistic Healing $8,600(Mago Garden) Chun Myung$ 10,000(Mago Garden) Dae Shin Myung$100,000 (Mago Garden) BBC (Owner Education Fee) $10,000 BBC(Education Fee+ Franchise License Fee) $30,000

Posted: Thursday, January 14, 2010
Article comment by: Bad Gremlin

@ With a loving mind:
You say you are a member of the Tao group. I'm curious. What is your current membership? How long have you been with the organization? And how many brain education classes have you taken?

Posted: Thursday, January 14, 2010
Article comment by: John A. Bond

Dear lisa: You said: "Oh, by the way, if the Tao organization believed its own credo of harmony and peace, they might acknowledge some of the angst they have caused by erecting their 50-foot statue and move it voluntarily to their retreat property." Equally good advice for all of the irate and indignant Christians out there who follow the golden rule of "do unto others" and Christs' teaching "if they sue you at law and seek thy coat give them thy cloak also." Or words to that effect. Time for everyone to get down off their high horses' or maybe high chairs is more apropos.

Posted: Thursday, January 14, 2010
Article comment by: citizen

Sorry 'mind' we have looked into what they are. They are in violation of the law. Those are the facts!

Posted: Monday, January 4, 2010
Article comment by: With a loving mind

I would suggest that Lisa Rosenow, and everyone else who doesn't know, please look more deeply into the facts, not just opinions, of the Mago Statue situation and what exactly the Tao organization is and does. You'll find that we not only say beautiful words, we also do beautiful deeds. So please, take "action" and find out the "truth" since you don't fully understand it.

Posted: Sunday, January 3, 2010
Article comment by: Naja


Posted: Saturday, January 2, 2010
Article comment by: Lisa Rosenow for mayor!

Lisa Rosenow for mayor!

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