Inspiration, Wisdom, & Comic Relief II February 02, 2008 12:33 PM
The first I,W & CR thread was getting pretty long, so I thought I'd start a new one! Share your good stuff here!
Lord, disturb my peace, that I might bring peace to those who are disturbed. ~Haitian mountain prayer There may be times when we are powerless to prevent injustice, but there must never be a time when we fail to protest. ~George Bernard Shaw Although the world is full of suffering, it is also full of the overcoming of it. ~Helen Keller
Don't let life discourage you. Everyone who got where he is had to begin where he was. ~Richard L. Evans
Because we enslave other beings, we are enslaved. Because we inflict pain on other beings, we are in pain. Because we drive them to madness we are carving the path to insanity. For they are not they, they are us. ~Zen teaching
All beings tremble before violence. All fear death. All love life. See yourself in others. Then whom can you hurt? What harm can you do? ~The Buddha
Some of these may be re-runs from I,W & CR #1 (and other threads), but Louise and Veronica's introduction posts on our "Getting to Know You Thread" inspired me to share these today....
When it comes to food choices, habit is stupendously powerful. Our familiar foods give us comfort, reassurance, and a sense of identity. They are there for us when the world may not be. They can be our best friends, loyal and true. It does not take effort or creativity to do the same thing over and over again. There is ease and relaxation in doing what we have always done. And if our habits are continually reinforced by the society around us, they can become even more powerful and alluring.
On the other hand, it does take effort to question whether our conventional ways of thinking and acting truly serve us. it takes effort to ask whether our lives are in alignment with the prayers and deeper purpose of our hearts. It takes effort to consciously make choices that deviate from the cultural norms, yet bring us closer to our wholeness and true health. ~John Robbins, The Food Revolution
Nothing determines who we will become so much as those things we choose to ignore. ~Sandor McNab Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Willing is not enough; we must do. ~Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
All the mind's activity is easy, if it is not subjected to reality. ~Marcel Proust
...What I learned to do many years ago was to forgive myself. It is very important for every human being to forgive herself or himself because if you live, you will make mistakes- it is inevitable. But once you do and you see the mistake, then you forgive yourself and say, 'well, if I'd known better I'd have done better,' that's all. So you say to people (and other sentient beings!) who you think you may have injured, 'I'm sorry,' and then you say to yourself, 'I'm sorry.' If we all hold on to the mistake, we can't see our own glory in the mirror because we have the mistake between our faces and the mirror; we can't see what we're capable of being.... The real difficulty is to overcome how you think about yourself. If we don't have that we never grow, we never learn, and sure as hell we should never teach. ~Maya Angelou (italicized, parenthetical insert is mine! )
There is nothing noble about being superior to some other man. The true nobility is in being superior to your previous self. ~Indian Proverb
So far as past errors are concerned, forget them and start afresh, as if it were your first day in this body; but so far as your present contacts are concerned, be kind to them, as if it were your last day in this body. ~Paul Brunton
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That reminds me, there is actually a real Mastercard ad I wanted to post in one of these threads but I couldn't find it on Youtube or anywhere online. It's about a bunch of guys going on fishing trip...they list all the fishing gear (ie. fishing rods: so many $$, tackle box: so many $$) and then they show their first "catch" lying on the wharf gasping for breath. One of the guys picks it up and puts it back in the water and it goes something like "Having the courage to show your true feelings: priceless."
Anyone else seen that one? It was a couple of years ago I think, I haven't seen it recently.
I for one have never seen that ad you described, Laura, and I hope you (or someone) is able to locate a video of it so you can post it here!
Thank you for sharing that poem and web site link, Amalthea. It made me think of this quote...
Not to hurt our humble brethren (the animals) is our first duty to them, but to stop there is not enough. We have a higher mission -- to be of service to them whenever they require it... If you have men who will exclude any of God's creatures from the shelter of compassion and pity, you will have men who will deal likewise with their fellow men. ~St. Francis of Assisi
Farm Sanctuary Intern Video February 26, 2008 7:22 AM
A while back when a bunch of us were voting for Farm Sanctuary at Vote4Cause, we were frequently joined by Ashley, a remarkable young woman from Minnesota who had spent last summer as an intern at the California Farm Sanctuary. Ashley had created this slideshow of her experience and shared it with us and it's so delightful and sweet (and inspiring, wise and even comic at times!) that it's perfect to share here. The music is great, so make sure your speakers are on, and enjoy!
There is an Indian legend that says that when a human dies there is a bridge they must cross to enter into heaven. At the head of that bridge waits every animal that human encountered during their lifetime.
The animals, based upon what they know of this person, decide which humans may cross the bridge.... and which are turned away.
Quotes by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Jan 15, 1929 - April 4,1968
He who passively accepts evil is as much involved in it as he who helps to perpetrate it. He who accepts evil without protesting against it is really cooperating with it.
Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter. The time is always right to do what is right.
Yes, he was very wise too. I have the "Our lives begin to end..." quote on my binder for school along with graphics I printed for the causes that are important to me. (Which, includes animal issues of course!)
Kindness and compassion towards all living beings is a mark of a civilized society. Racism, economic deprival, dog fighting and cock fighting, bullfighting and rodeos are all cut from the same defective fabric: violence. Only when we have become nonviolent towards all life will we have learned to live well ourselves. ~Cesar Chavez
[The ethical person] shatters no ice crystal that sparkles in the sun, tears no leaf from its tree, breaks off no flower, and is careful not to crush any insect as he walks. ~Albert Schweitzer, "Philosophy of Civilization: Civilization and Ethics"
Frequently, situations arise where our actions make a statement about our true feelings towards life. What we order in a restaurant to eat, from what material the shoes, belts and wallets we choose to buy are made, what soap we buy to wash our hands - all these actions make statements about how much we care about life.
The vegan person says,
"It does matter what I do.
"It matters how much harm I create or do not create."
"It matters how much healing I can bring into the world around me".
It is from such a vegan ideal that the healing of the world can come.
I read this book a few years ago, and so loved the passage with which she concludes the book that I copied it down, and it always makes me remember what a powerful, enriching offering being vegan is! Here is part of the quote...
"Let us infuse our lives with this thought. It is our job on this earth to make the world a nicer place when we leave it than it was when we entered it.
Think of all the good you can do in a lifetime ~ create a happy world for yourself, with the happiness radiating to those around you; raise a decent, responsible, productive child; tend a plot of land; be a loving friend; participate in your community; do a good and ethical job in your lifes work; help strangers in need; vote and volunteer for what you believe in; give money to charity.
In every action, we are making an offering to the world. If you litter, you are making an offering, and if you pick up litter, you also are making an offering, though one of a very different kind. Yelling at a child is making an offering to the world, and taking time to be patient with a child is an offering, too. Expressing curtness in the simplest daily transactions is an offering, as is showing kindness in those very same deeds.
Thousands of times a day we tell the world who we are ~ our thoughts, words, and actions resonate and affect others as well as ourselves. In this respect we can live a rich life or a poor one, and it wont make one bit of difference whether we have lots of money or none at all."
The reasonable man adapts himself to the world; the unreasonable one persists in trying to adapt the world to himself. Therefore all progress depends on the unreasonable man. ~George Bernard Shaw
Conformity is the jailer of freedom and the enemy of growth. ~John F. Kennedy
The conventional view serves to protect us from the painful job of thinking. ~John Kenneth Galbraith
Do not cringe and make yourself small if you are called the black sheep, the maverick, the lone wolf. Those with slow seeing say a nonconformist is a blight on society. But it has been proven over the centuries, that being different means standing at the edge, means one is practically guaranteed to make an original contribution, a useful and stunning contribution to her culture. ~Clarissa Pinkola Estes
"It seems to me of great importance to teach children respect for
life. Towards this end, experiments on living animals in classrooms
should be stopped. To encourage cruelty in the name of science can
only destroy the finer emotions of affection and sympathy, and breed
an unfeeling callousness in the young towards suffering in all living
Eleanor Roosevelt, former First Lady of the United States of America
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