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A problem is a chance for you to do your best..

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November 22, 2014:

These are times in which a genius would wish to live. It is not in the still calm of life, or the repose of a pacific station, that great characters are formed.

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November 21, 2014:

While you are proclaiming peace with your lips, be careful to have it even more fully in your heart.

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November 20, 2014:

Love the things you've got until one day you realize that the life you have is the life you want.

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November 19, 2014:

I would rather be a superb meteor, every atom of me in magnificent glow, than a sleepy and permanent planet.... I shall not waste my days in trying to prolong them. I shall use my time.

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October 26, 2014:

Why Geese Fly in Formation

 

Next fall when you see geese heading south for the winter flying along in a "V" formation, you might be interested in knowing what science has discovered about why they fly that way. It has been learned that as each bird flaps its wings, it creates an uplift for the bird immediately following. By flying in a "V" formation, the whole flock adds at least 71% greater flying range than if each bird flew on its own. People who share common direction and sense of community can get where they are going quicker and easier, because they are traveling on the thrust of one another. 

When a goose falls out of formation, she suddenly feels the draft and resistance of trying to go it alone, and quickly gets into formation to take advantage of the lifting power of the bird immediately in front. If we have as much sense as a goose, we will stay in formation with those who are headed the same way we are going. 

When the lead goose gets tired, she rotates back in the wing and another goose flies point. It pays to take turns doing hard jobs. 

The geese honk from behind to encourage those up front to keep up their speed. An encouraging word goes a long way. 

Finally, when a goose gets sick, or is wounded by a gun shot and falls out, two geese fall out of formation and follow her until she is either able to fly or until she is dead, then they launch out on their own or with another formation to catch up with the group. If we have the sense of a goose, we will stand by each other like that.

Why Geese Fly in Formation

Next fall when you see geese heading south for the winter flying along in a "V" formation, you might be interested in knowing what science has discovered about why they fly that way. It has been learned that as each bird flaps its wings, it creates an uplift for the bird immediately following. By flying in a "V" formation, the whole flock adds at least 71% greater flying range than if each bird flew on its own. People who share common direction and sense of community can get where they are going quicker and easier, because they are traveling on the thrust of one another. 

When a goose falls out of formation, she suddenly feels the draft and resistance of trying to go it alone, and quickly gets into formation to take advantage of the lifting power of the bird immediately in front. If we have as much sense as a goose, we will stay in formation with those who are headed the same way we are going. 

When the lead goose gets tired, she rotates back in the wing and another goose flies point. It pays to take turns doing hard jobs. 

The geese honk from behind to encourage those up front to keep up their speed. An encouraging word goes a long way. 

Finally, when a goose gets sick, or is wounded by a gun shot and falls out, two geese fall out of formation and follow her until she is either able to fly or until she is dead, then they launch out on their own or with another formation to catch up with the group. If we have the sense of a goose, we will stand by each other like that.

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SisterSong
Unknown
"The Goose Story"
http://www.sistersong.net/
Viewed on October 26, 2014
Contribution #8447

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SisterSong
Unknown
"The Goose Story"
http://www.sistersong.net/
Viewed on October 26, 2014
Contribution #8447


September 23, 2014:

People forget that their lives will end soon. For those who remeber, quarrels come to an end.

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The Dhammapada
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Contribution #7655


September 22, 2014:

I think over again my small adventures, my fears, those small ones that seemed so big, all those vital things I had to get and to reach, and yet there is only one great thing: to live and see the great day that dawns, and the light that fills the world.

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September 21, 2014:

From experience we know that whenever we are truly awake and alive, we are also truly grateful.

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Gratefulness, the Heart of Prayer
Contribution #4350


September 20, 2014:

Where you stumble, there your treasure lies.

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September 19, 2014:

Hold to the now, the here, through which all future plunges to the past.

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Ulysses
Contribution #8410


September 18, 2014:

There are few treasures of more lasting worth than the experience of a way of life that is in itself wholly satisfying. Such, after all, are the only possessions of which no fate can deprive us; nothing can alter the fact if, for one moment in eternity, we have really lived.

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September 17, 2014:

Those who are lifting the world upward and onward are those who encourage more than criticize.

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September 16, 2014:

Time is a dressmaker specializing in alterations.

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September 15, 2014:

Weigh the true advantages of forgiveness and resentment to the heart. Then choose.

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September 14, 2014:

If I am not for myself, who will be for me? And when I am for myself, what am 'I'? And if not now, when?

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Source type: Book
Ethics of the Fathers
Page 1:14
Contribution #8405


September 13, 2014:

Get up, stand up Stand up for your rights. Get up, stand up Don't give up the fight.

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Contribution #1390


September 12, 2014:

We can easily forgive a child who is afraid of the dark; the real tragedy of life is when men are afraid of the light.

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September 11, 2014:

Emperor Yu corrupted the soul of mankind by legalizing murder.  He claimed that in war, one killed enemies, not men, and that this was not evil.

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September 10, 2014:

Geese are white, crows are black.  No argument will change this. 

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September 9, 2014:

The penalty good men pay for indifference to public affairs is to be ruled by evil men.

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September 8, 2014:

True wisdom comes to each of us when we realize how little we understand about life, ourselves, and the world around us.

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September 7, 2014:

It is better to be wise, and not to seem so, than to seem wise, and not be so; yet men, for the most part, desire the contrary.

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September 6, 2014:

I have always thought the actions of men the best interpreters of their thoughts.

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September 5, 2014:

The investigation of the truth is in one way hard, in another easy. An indication of this is found in the fact that no one is able to attain the truth adequately, while on the other hand we do not collectively fail, but every one says something true about the nature of things, and while individually we contribute little or nothing to the truth, by the union of all a considerable amount is amassed.

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Source type: Book
The Basic Works of Aristotle
by trans J.A. Smith, ed. Richard McKeon
Page Metaphysics, p. 712
Published by Random House , New York , 1941
Contribution #2847


September 4, 2014:

Love is more than just a feeling: it's a process requiring continual attention. Loving well takes laughter, loyalty, and wanting more to be able to say, "I understand" than to hear, "You're right.

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September 3, 2014:

You aspire to great things? Begin with the little ones.

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September 2, 2014:

In happiness and suffering, in joy and grief, we should regard all creatures as we regard our own self.

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(Jainism)
24th Tirthankara
http://
Contribution #4465


September 1, 2014:

The heart of the person before you is a mirror. See there your own form.

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August 31, 2014:

Regard your neighbor's gain as as your own gain, and your neighbor's loss as your own loss.

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August 30, 2014:

He who knows others is wise, He who knows himself is enlightened.

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August 29, 2014:

As regards the quietude of the sage, he is not quiet because quietness is said to be good. He is quiet because the multitude of things cannot disturb his quietude. When water is still, one’s beard and eyelashes are reflected in it. A skilled carpenter uses it in a level to obtain a measurement. If still water is so clear, how much more are the mental faculties! The mind of the sage is the mirror of heaven and earth in which all things are reflected.

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August 28, 2014:

Those who want the fewest things are nearest to the gods.

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August 27, 2014:

What is this true meditation? It is to make everything: coughing, swallowing, waving the arms, motion, stillness, words, action, the evil and the good, prosperity and shame, gain and loss, right and wrong, into one single koan.

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August 26, 2014:

‎Everyone has a spirit that can be refined, a body that can be trained in some manner, a suitable path to follow. You are here to realize your inner divinity and manifest your innate enlightenment.

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August 25, 2014:

The Way of the Warrior has been misunderstood. It is not a means to kill and destroy others. Those who seek to compete and better one another are making a terrible mistake. To smash, injure, or destroy is the worst thing a human being can do. The real Way of a Warrior is to prevent such slaughter - it is the Art of Peace, the power of love.

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Contribution #6739


August 24, 2014:

the revolution will not be televised.

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August 23, 2014:

In joy or sadness flowers are our constant friends.

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The Book Of Tea
Contribution #7319


August 22, 2014:

Study how water flows in a valley stream, smoothly and freely between the rocks. Also learn from holy books and from wise people. Everything- even mountains, rivers, plants and trees- should be your teacher.

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Contribution #7571


July 31, 2014:

On Recovery from Fundamentalism
For the rest of my life, I will chance across pieces of fundamentalism that are still embedded in my psyche – fragments of shrapnel from a deep early wound, working their way to the surface.

On Recovery from Fundamentalism

For the rest of my life, I will chance across pieces of fundamentalism that are still embedded in my psyche – fragments of shrapnel from a deep early wound, working their way to the surface.

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July 30, 2014:

The mode of knowing distinctive of science is possible only in a state that denies any institution the power to resolve by authority questions that admit of engagement by reason. Not only is such a state the only one in which the path of empirical knowledge is likely to remain unobstructed by interest and error; it is the only one in which individuals can be expected to develop the individual habits of mind and the collective practices of intellectual exchange that fuel the permanent cycle of conjecture and refutation that is the engine of science.

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The Cultural Cognition Project
Dan Kahan
"The Liberal Republic of Science, Part 4"
http://www.culturalcognition.net/blog/2012/11/21/the-liberal-republic-of-science-part-4-a-new-political-scien.html
Viewed on July 9, 2014
Contribution #8373


July 29, 2014:

May I see my own limits with compassion, just as I view the limits of others.

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Spoken at Legacy of Wisdom conference, April 17, 2011
Contribution #8367


July 28, 2014:

For after all, the best thing one can do when it is raining is to let it rain.

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July 27, 2014:

Given the reality of cultural diversity, people need not only to accept the existence of the culture of others, but also to aspire to be enriched by it and to offer to it whatever they possess that is good, true, and beautiful.

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July 26, 2014:

Do your best and then relax.

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July 25, 2014:

The main thing in one's own private world is to try to laugh as much as you cry.

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July 24, 2014:

True compassion is not just an emotional response, but a firm commitment founded on reason. Therefore, a truly compassionate attitude toward others does not change, even if they behave negatively. Through universal altruism, you develop a feeling of responsibility for others: the wish to help them actively overcome their problems.

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July 23, 2014:

Kindness and compassion toward all living things is the mark of a civilized society.

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July 22, 2014:

Love is the first ingredient in the relief of suffering.

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July 21, 2014:

Travel ennobles the spirit and does away with our prejudices.

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July 20, 2014:

When the bridge is gone, the narrowest plank becomes precious.

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July 19, 2014:

Gratitude is liberating. It is subversive. It helps us to realize that we are sufficient, and that realization frees us.

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July 18, 2014:

Happiness is not a matter of intensity but of balance and order and rhythm and harmony.

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July 17, 2014:

Nothing contributes so much to tranquilize the mind as a steady purpose - a point on which the soul may fix its intellectual eye.

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July 16, 2014:

Live in the present. Do the things that need to be done. Do all the good you can each day. The future will unfold.

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July 15, 2014:

The most beautiful people are those who have known defeat, known suffering, known struggle, known loss, and have found their way out of the depths. These persons have an appreciation, a sensitivity, and an understanding of life that fills them with compassion, gentleness, and a deep loving concern.

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July 14, 2014:

Whoever believes in the good in people, draws forth the good in people. .

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July 13, 2014:

When we do the best we can, we never know what miracle is wrought in our life, or in the life of another.

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July 12, 2014:

Let us learn to skillfully draw good out of what would otherwise cause us harm.

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Source type: Book
Embrace the World
Contribution #8354


July 11, 2014:

My brain is only a receiver; in the Universe there is a core from which we obtain knowledge, strength, and inspiration. I have not penetrated into the secrets of this core, but I know that it exists.

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July 10, 2014:

Happiness is to appreciate what you have; unhappiness is to dwell on what you don't have.

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July 9, 2014:

To meet everything and everyone through stillness instead of mental noise is the greatest gift you can offer to the universe.

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Stillness Speaks
Contribution #4348


July 8, 2014:

Our own lives are the instruments with which we experiment with truth.

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July 7, 2014:

Those who are awake live in a constant state of amazement.

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July 6, 2014:

If there is anything I have learned about men and women, it is that there is a deeper spirit of altruism than is ever evident. Just as the rivers we see are minor compared to the underground streams, so, too, the idealism that is visible is minor compared to what people carry in their hearts unreleased or scarcely released.

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July 5, 2014:

As human beings, our greatness lies not so much in being able to remake the world -- that is the myth of the "atomic age" -- as in being able to remake ourselves.

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July 4, 2014:

Mountains and oceans have whole worlds of innumerable wondrous features. We should understand that it is not only our distant surroundings that are like this, but even what is right here, even a single drop of water.

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Genjokoan
by trans. by Paul Jaffe
Contribution #8348


July 3, 2014:

If we open our hearts, we will also find open hearts - it is always mutual.

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A Benedictine Legacy of Peace; The Life of Abbot Leo A. Rudloff
Contribution #8347


July 2, 2014:

Prayer is sitting in the silence until it silences us, choosing gratitude until we are grateful, praising God until we ourselves are a constant act of praise

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Radical Grace: Daily Meditations
Contribution #8346


July 1, 2014:

Even Socrates, who lived a very frugal and simple life, loved to go to the market. When his students asked about this, he replied, "I love to go and see all the things I am happy without.

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After the Ecstasy, the Laundry
Contribution #6101


June 30, 2014:

There is a hard truth to be told: before spring becomes beautiful, it is plug ugly, nothing but mud and muck. I have walked in the early spring through fields that will suck your boots off, a world so wet and woeful it makes you yearn for the return of ice. But in that muddy mess, the conditions for rebirth are being created.

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June 29, 2014:

Even if you have a lot of work to do, if you think of it as wonderful, and if you feel it as wonderful, it will transform into the energy of joy and fire, instead of becoming a burden.

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The Practice of Dzogchen
Contribution #8344


June 28, 2014:

The whole idea of compassion is based on a keen awareness of the interdependence of all these living beings, which are all part of one another, and all involved in one another.

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June 27, 2014:

I don't want my life to be defined by what is etched on a tombstone. I want it to be defined by what is etched in the lives and hearts of those I've touched.

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June 26, 2014:

Good moral judgments depend on good facts.

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May 31, 2014:

My mission is not merely to survive, but to thrive;and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor and some style.

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May 30, 2014:

It is time for parents to teach young people early on that in diversity there is beauty and there is strength.

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May 29, 2014:

You alone are enough. You have nothing to prove to anybody.

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May 27, 2014:

Can you remember who you were before the world told you who you should be?

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May 26, 2014:

Let someone love you just the way you are – as flawed as you might be, as unattractive as you sometimes feel, and as unaccomplished as you think you are. To believe that you must hide all the parts of you that are broken, out of fear that someone else is incapable of loving what is less than perfect, is to believe that sunlight is incapable of entering a broken window and illuminating a dark room.

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May 25, 2014:

An activist is someone who cannot help but fight for something. That person is not usually motivated by a need for power or money or fame, but in fact is driven slightly mad by some injustice, some cruelty, some unfairness, so much so that he or she is compelled by some internal moral engine to act to make it better.

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May 24, 2014:

Our knowledge and understanding of nonhuman animals is polluted far more than we acknowledge by our belief in our own superiority, our unrecognized cultural programming, and our separation from nature.

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May 23, 2014:

I think everybody has that capacity to stop and think and say, 'If I knew you, I wouldn't eat you.' And in some ways, it really is that simple.

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May 22, 2014:

Love the moment, and the energy of that moment will spread beyond all boundaries.

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May 21, 2014:

How many times have you noticed that it's the little quiet moments in the midst of life that seem to give the rest extra-special meaning?

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The World According to Mister Rogers
Contribution #8282


May 20, 2014:

Gratitude takes nothing for granted, is never unresponsive, is constantly awakening to new wonder.

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May 19, 2014:

I find ecstasy in living -- the mere sense of living is joy enough.

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May 18, 2014:

Not only must the most privileged feel they are brothers and sisters of the most destitute, but the most destitute must feel as well that something within them makes them equal to the greatest sages and geniuses.

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May 17, 2014:

While we cry ourselves to sleep, gratitude waits patiently to console and reassure us; there is a landscape larger than the one we can see.

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May 16, 2014:

It is easy for us to criticize the prejudices of our grandfathers, from which our fathers freed themselves. It is more difficult to distance ourselves from our own views, so that we can dispassionately search for prejudices among the beliefs and values we hold.

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Practical Ethics
Contribution #8271


May 15, 2014:

Humanity’s true moral test, its fundamental test (which lies deeply buried from view), consists of its attitude towards those who are at its mercy: animals. And in this respect humankind has suffered a fundamental debacle, a debacle so fundamental that all others stem from it.

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The Unbearable Lightness of Being
Published in 1984
Contribution #8276


May 14, 2014:

True human goodness, in all its purity and freedom, can come to the fore only when its recipient has no power.

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Source type: Book
The Unbearable Lightness of Being
Contribution #8275


May 13, 2014:

[Ethicist] Peter Singer contends that, to maximize the child’s happiness, we would teach her ethics of character and respect: “the dispositions which make possible mutual cooperation and affection, without which all our endeavors would miscarry, and all the joy and warmth in life would disappear. Those who do not love their fellow men are less successful in living happily among them.” (How are We to Live?)

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VeganOutreach.org
Matt Ball
"A Theory of Ethics"
http://www.veganoutreach.org/advocacy/theoryofethics.html
Viewed on April 23, 2014
Contribution #8274


May 12, 2014:

There is sufficient documented evidence from stress research, animal psychology, and neurophysiology to support the probability that the subjective emotional world of animals is more similar to the various subjective states of human consciousness than it is different.… we extrapolate biochemical, physiological, nutritional, and even some behavioral responses in animals to humans all the time in biomedical research. Is it not, therefore, possible to extrapolate the other way?

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VeganOutreach.org
M. Fox, Veterinarian
Viewed on April 23, 2014
Contribution #8273


May 11, 2014:

Historically, man has expanded the reach of his ethical calculations, as ignorance and want have receded, first beyond family and tribe, later beyond religion, race, and nation. To bring other species more fully into the range of these decisions may seem unthinkable to moderate opinion now. One day, decades or centuries hence, it may seem no more than 'civilized' behavior requires.

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The Economist "What Humans Owe to Animals http://
Contribution #8270


May 10, 2014:

Always be on the lookout for the presence of wonder.

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Charlotte's Web
Contribution #8269


May 9, 2014:

The older I get, the greater power I seem to have to help the world; I am like a snowball -- the further I am rolled the more I gain.

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May 8, 2014:

What we would like to do is change the world -- make it a little simpler for people to feed, clothe, and shelter themselves as God intended for them to do.

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Catholic Worker http://
Contribution #8268


May 7, 2014:

Borrow the Beloved's eyes. Look through them and you'll see the Beloved's face everywhere. No tiredness, no jaded boredom...things you have hated will become helpers.

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We Are Three
by translated by Coleman Barks
Contribution #8266


May 6, 2014:

Of any stopping place in life, it is good to ask whether it will be a good place from which to go on as well as a good place to remain.

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