Even More Quotes #12

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“On some positions, Cowardice asks the question, “Is it safe?” Expediency asks the question, “Is it politic?” And Vanity comes along and asks the question, “Is it popular?” But Conscience asks the question, “Is it right?”… The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of convenience, but where he stands in moments of challenge, moments of great crisis and controversy.” — Martin Luther King Jr., The Autobiography of Martin Luther King, Jr.

The propaganda system allows the U.S. Ieadership to commit crimes without limit and with no suggestion of misbehavior or criminality; in fact, major war criminals like Henry Kissinger appear regularly on TV to comment on the crimes of the derivative butchers. ” – Edward S. Herman, political economist and author

Anyone who challenges the prevailing orthodoxy finds himself silenced with surprising effectiveness. ” – George Orwell, author of the book “1984”

“If you want to build a ship, don’t herd people together to collect wood and don’t assign them tasks and work, but rather teach them to long for the endless immensity of the sea.” Antoine de Saint-Exupery:

“Most of the important things in the world have been accomplished by people who have kept on trying when there seemed to be no hope at all.” Dale Carnegie

“Hope begins in the dark, the stubborn hope that if you just show up and try to do the right thing, the dawn will come. You wait and watch and work: you don’t give up.” Anne Lamott

“When the nobility see that they are unable to resist the people, they unite in exalting one of their number and creating him prince, so as to be able to carry out their own designs under the shadow of his authority.” Machiavelli, The Prince, ch. IX

“Under the influence of politicians, masses of people tend to ascribe the responsibility for wars to those who wield power at any given time. In World War I it was the munitions industrialists; in World War II it was the psychopathic generals who were said to be guilty. This is passing the buck.

The responsibility for wars falls solely upon the shoulders of these same masses of people, for they have all the necessary means to avert war in their own hands. In part by their apathy, in part by their passivity, and in part actively, these same masses of people make possible the catastrophes under which they themselves suffer more than anyone else. To stress this guilt on the part of the masses of people, to hold them solely responsible, means to take them seriously. On the other hand, to commiserate masses of people as victims, means to treat them as small, helpless children. The former is the attitude held by genuine freedom fighters; the latter that attitude held by power-thirsty politicians.” : Wilhelm Reich, The Mass Psychology of Fascism

“The greatest spiritual practice is to transform love into service”: Sai Baba

“Suffering and joy teach us, if we allow them, how to make the leap of empathy, which transports us into the soul and heart of another person. In those transparent moments we know other people’s joys and sorrows, and we care about their concerns as if they were our own.” – Fritz Williams:

“Compassion literally means to feel with, to suffer with. Everyone is capable of compassion, and yet everyone tends to avoid it because it’s uncomfortable. And the avoidance produces psychic numbing — resistance to experiencing our pain for the world and other beings.” – Joanna Macy:

“I imagine one of the reasons people cling to their hates so stubbornly is because they sense, once hate is gone, they will be forced to deal with pain.” – James Baldwin

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2 thoughts on “Even More Quotes #12

  1. Of the lot, the one that resonates the most for me:

    “Suffering and joy teach us, if we allow them, how to make the leap of empathy, which transports us into the soul and heart of another person. In those transparent moments we know other people’s joys and sorrows, and we care about their concerns as if they were our own.” – Fritz Williams

    Empathy, for me, is the basis of my ethics, a basic recognition of the reality of everyone else, that they love and laugh and suffer exactly as I do, and that my actions entail consequences for others of which I must be mindful.

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  2. I am drawn to this quote as well.

    And like you, I have allowed this empathy to take root in me. When I was a Christian, I had an automatic out: “Hey, all they have to do is believe, and if they won’t, then they will suffer. It will all work out in the end!’

    I cringe as I remember who I was then, and what I believed and how I responded to humanity. I have done harm to others in my life, and I have had to face that and learn how to deal with it.

    But I have also gained a portion of being human that I hadn’t experienced before the last two decades. And that portion is realizing that I am one with humanity, and so everything that happens to others is going to effect me, whether I am ready or not.

    This is why I began blogging in this manner, four years ago. I feel compelled to try to do something to help. But some days, like today, I feel like giving up.

    “Do not ask for whom the bell tolls, it tolls for thee” Yes, it does!

    Thanks again, Norm!

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