Millions of men go to war, acres of them are buried, guns and ships broken, cities burned, villages sent up in smoke, and children where cows are killed off amid hoarse barbecues vanish like finger-rings of smoke in a north wind.
“If we are so contemptibly selfish that we can’t radiate a little happiness and pass on a bit of honest appreciation without trying to get something out of the other person in return-if our souls are no bigger than sour crab apples, we shall meet with the failure we so richly deserve.”—
“Our single most important challenge is therefore to help establish a social order in which the freedom of the individual will truly mean the freedom of the individual. We must construct that people-centred society of freedom in such a manner that it guarantees the political liberties and the human rights of all our citizens.”—
Our Deepest Fear
Is not that we are inadequate
Our deepest fear
Is that we are powerful beyond measure.
It is our light, not our darkness,
That most frightens us.
We ask ourselves, who am I to be brilliant,
Gorgeous, talented and fabulous.
Actually, who are you not to be
You are a child of God
Your playing small doesn’t save the world.
There is nothing enlightened about shrinking
So that other people
Won’t feel insecure about you.
We were born to make manifest
The glory of God that is within us.
It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone.
And when we let our own light shine,
We unconsciously give other people
Permission to do the same.
As we are liberated from our own fear,
Our prescence automatically liberates others.
“To love. To be loved. To never forget your own insignificance. To never get used to the unspeakable violence and the vulgar disparity of life around you. To seek joy in the saddest places. To pursue beauty to its lair. To never simplify what is complicated or complicate what is simple. To respect strength, never power. Above all, to watch. To try and understand. To never look away. And never, never, to forget.”—