“Life is suffering.
Love is the desire to see unnecessary suffering ameliorated.
Truth is the handmaiden of love.
Dialogue is the pathway to truth.
Humility is recognition of personal insufficiency and the willingness to learn.
To learn is to die voluntarily and be born again, in great ways and small.
So speech must be untrammeled, so that dialogue can take place.
So that we can all humbly learn.
So that truth can serve love.
So that suffering can be ameliorated.
So that we can all stumble forward to the Kingdom of God.”
— Professor Jordan B. Peterson, Banned lecture at Linfield College: Ethics and Free Speech
And now, your moment of zen …
From the 1970 album, All Things Must Pass.
“Harrison wrote “My Sweet Lord” in praise of the Hindu god Krishna, while at the same time intending the lyrics to serve as a call to abandon religious sectarianism, through his deliberate blending of Hebrew “hallelujah”s with chants of “Hare Krishna” and Vedic prayer.”
“Live free or die: Death is not the worst of evils.”
— General John Stark, 1809
“Much that was called religion has carried an unconscious attitude of hostility toward life. True religion must teach that life is filled with joys pleasing to the eye of God, that knowledge without action is empty. All men must see that the teaching of religion by rules and rote is largely a hoax. The proper teaching is recognized with ease. You can know it without fail because it awakens within you that sensation which tells you this is something you’ve always known.”
— Orange Catholic Bible, Dune
A 1968 single, the song is a tribute to the memory of four assassinated Americans, all icons of social change: Abraham Lincoln, Martin Luther King, Jr., John F. Kennedy and Robert F. Kennedy.
“Knowing others is wisdom, knowing yourself is Enlightenment.”
— Lao Tzu
“Keep love in your heart. A life without it is like a sunless garden when the flowers are dead.”
— Oscar Wilde
“The love of liberty is the love of others; the love of power is the love of ourselves.”
— William Hazlitt, Political Essays (1819)
“Silence in the face of evil is itself evil: God will not hold us guiltless. Not to speak is to speak. Not to act is to act.”
— Pastor Dietrich Bonhoeffer
“Every man has a property in his own person. This nobody has a right to, but himself.”
— John Locke, Second Treatise on Civil Government
“Posterity! You will never know how much it cost the present Generation to preserve your Freedom! I hope you will make good use of it. If you do not, I shall repent in Heaven, that I ever took half the Pains to preserve it.”
— John Adams, Second President of the United States
Deep in my heart, I do believe …
“Always forgive your enemies – nothing annoys them so much.”
— Oscar Wilde