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Random Thoughts #26 – How come?

July 12, 2017
How come we can read words like this by you know who:
“Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth. Blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy. Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called children of God.”
 
Or this, by Eugene Debs:
“While there is a lower class, I am in it; and while there is a criminal element, I am of it; and while there is a soul in prison, I am not free.”
 
Or this by Fyodor Dostoyevsky:
“My brother asked the birds to forgive him: that sounds senseless, but it is right; for all is like an ocean, all is flowing and blending; a touch in one place sets up movement at the other end of the earth. It may be senseless to beg forgiveness of the birds, but birds would be happier at your side –a little happier, anyway– and children and all animals, if you yourself were nobler than you are now.”
 
Or this by Helen Keller:
“The welfare of each is bound up in the welfare of all.”
 
How can we read these familiar words and talk about them and appreciate them and commercialize them and not, collectively as a nation, put them into action?
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  1. July 12, 2017 12:16 pm

    Wonderful, thought provoking post. I was unfamiliar with those words from Fyodor Dostoyevsky, but they are memorable. What you have said is sad, but true. Maybe things would get better, if we were reminded of these words more often – and yes, if we became nobler.

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  2. July 12, 2017 1:10 pm

    How have we, collectively as a nation, become so lacking in the love that is patient and kind? We should know and accept the answer so that we, as a nation, could be saved from the selfishness that divides and that would ultimately destroy us.

    This is not a challenge for the privileged to share their wealth. This is for all who claim to be rich in spirit, regardless of material means; in this spirit, people come together from walks of life to be united as one heart.

    I know that, if we continue to fall away from the principals , we would become hopeless as seem to be racing against one another to be the

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    • July 12, 2017 1:17 pm

      How have we, collectively as a nation, become so lacking in the love that is patient and kind? We should know and accept the answer so that we, as a nation, could be saved from the selfishness that divides and that would ultimately destroy us.

      This is not a challenge for the privileged to share their wealth. This is for all who claim to be rich in spirit, regardless of material means; in this spirit, people come together from walks of life to be united as one heart.

      I know that, if we continue to fall away from noble principals, we would become hopeless as we are caught in a race against one another to self-destruction.

      Accidentally hit send earlier before I finished this.

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      • Michael B. Fishman permalink*
        July 14, 2017 11:06 am

        “This is not a challenge for the privileged to share their wealth. This is for all who claim to be rich in spirit, regardless of material means; in this spirit, people come together from walks of life to be united as one heart.”

        Amen.

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