It was six men of Indostan To learning much inclined, Who went to see the Elephant~(Though all of them were blind), That each by observation~Might satisfy his mind.
The First approached the Elephant, And happening to fall Against his broad and sturdy side, ~ At once began to bawl: "God bless me! but the Elephant ~ Is very like a wall!"
The Second, feeling of the tusk, Cried, "Ho! what have we here? So very round and smooth and sharp? ~ To me 'tis mighty clear This wonder of an Elephant ~ Is very like a spear!"
The Third approached the animal, And happening to take The squirming trunk within his hands, ~ Thus boldly up and spake: "I see," quoth he, "the Elephant ~ Is very like a snake!"
The Fourth reached out an eager hand, And felt about the knee. "What most this wondrous beast is like ~ Is mighty plain," quoth he; "'Tis clear enough the Elephant ~ Is very like a tree!"
The Fifth who chanced to touch the ear, Said: "E'en the blindest man Can tell what this resembles most; ~ Deny the fact who can, This marvel of an Elephant ~ Is very like a fan!"
The Sixth no sooner had begun About the beast to grope, Than, seizing on the swinging tail ~ That fell within his scope, "I see," quoth he, "the Elephant ~ Is very like a rope!
And so these men of Indostan Disputed loud and long, Each in his own opinion ~ Exceeding stiff and strong, Though each was partly in the right ~ And all were in the wrong!
So oft in theologic wars, The disputants, I ween, Rail on in utter ignorance Of what each other mean, And prate about an Elephant Not one of them has seen!
-John Godfrey Saxe
It is easy for each blind man to jump to conclusions based on limited experience and first impressions. Saxe is telling his audience not to assume you have the whole truth just because you know one part of the truth. Don't rely on first impressions to tell you all you need to know. If we share our perspectives we will come to a more complete understanding of the truth. Working together is more effective than working alone.
A well-known speaker started off his seminar by holding up a $20 bill. In the room, filled with 200 people, he asked, "Who would like this $20 bill?"
A sea of hands started going up immediately. "I am going to give this to one of you," he said, "but first, let me do this," and he proceeded to crumple the bill up. He then held it up again and asked, "Now who still wants it?"
Still the hands were up in the air. "Well," he replied, "what if I do this?" - and he dropped the $20 bill on the ground, and started to grind it into the floor with his shoe. He then picked it up, crumpled and dirty. "Who wants this dirty bill?" he asked.
And the hands still went up into the air. "My friends," said the speaker, "you have all learned a very valuable lesson today. No matter what I did to the money, you still wanted it because it did not decrease in value. Though it was dirty and crumpled, it was still worth 20 dollars. Many times in our lives, we are dropped, crumpled and ground into the dirt - perhaps by the decisions we make, or by the way others treat us, or by the circumstances that come our way. At times like those, we may feel that we are worthless. But, no matter what has happened or what will happen, remember that you will never lose your value: dirty or clean, crumpled or finely creased, you are still priceless to those who love you and care about you."
The worth of our lives comes not in what we do, or whom we know, but by who we are.
Due to this newest glitch going on in Care2 many friends aren't showing up or are showing up in some but not all places they're supposed to... and in some cases we now have to send introductions again to people who are already our friends!!! I just want you ALL to know that I haven't removed any of you... I would never do that! Care2 says they're working on it... so I guess we'll see when that happens. Hopefully soon!
The Bluebird Clan Gallery is not a group as such, but a virtual art gallery. There are no actual members here, apart from the owner, curators and voluntary staff. The gallery is operated by the Bluebird Clan.
We would love to hear your comments and suggestions. Be sure to sign and post your impressions in our Guestbook before you leave!
"Very little of the great cruelty shown by men can really be attributed to cruel instinct. Most of it comes from thoughtlessness or inherited habit. The roots of cruelty, therefore, are not so much strong as widespread. But the time must come when inhumanity protected by custom and thoughtlessness will succumb before humanity championed by thought. Let us work that this time may come." ~Albert Schweitzer
"The basis of all animal rights should be the Golden Rule: we should treat them as we would wish them to treat us, were any other species in our dominant position." ~Christine Stevens
Second Step: Action
Call on Canada's New Prime Minister to End the Seal Slaughter!
Dear Prime Minister Harper,
In late March, the world will be watching as Canadian fishermen begin the largest commercial slaughter of marine mammals in the world on the ice off Newfoundland and Labrador. If the hunt is anything like last year’s, more than 300,000 baby seals will be clubbed or shot to death for their fur -- some of them as young as 12 days of age. Last year, a shocking 98.5% of the seals killed were babies two months of age or younger.
Footage taken during the 2005 hunt was appalling: Pups were left to choke on their own blood for up to 90 minutes and were cut open as they struggled. It’s no surprise that there has been an international backlash against the hunt, with Italy and Mexico only the latest countries to ban the import of seal products. Earlier this year, the Greenland government announced its decision to stop all imports of Canadian seal skins –- just 23 hours after The HSUS’s 2005 seal hunt footage was broadcast on national television.
Most Canadians surveyed oppose the seal hunt, but previous federal administrations have refused to stop it -- even though the hunt brings in very little money, less than 1% of Newfoundland's gross domestic product and just 2% of its fishery. In reality, the hunt provides only a few thousand fishermen with a tiny fraction of their annual incomes. Canada can afford to end the hunt, and so can the fishermen who conduct it.
An ongoing boycott of Canadian seafood products is already jeopardizing the primary income of those fishermen. More than 220,000 individuals have already pledged to boycott Canadian seafood, and more are joining the boycott every day. Since the launch of the boycott, the number of restaurants and seafood-related businesses that have pledged to limit or eliminate their purchases of Canadian seafood has grown to more than 400.
Many American seafood distributors have chosen to boycott Canadian snow crabs because the product accounts for half of the landed value of Newfoundland’s fishery. Since the launch of the Canadian seafood boycott, the value of Canadian snow crab exports to the United States has dropped by more than $150 million.
Please take action to protect Canada’s fishing industry and international reputation. End a cruel hunt that brings in little money and inflicts such pain to so many baby seals.
"We must fight against the spirit of unconscious cruelty with which we treat the animals. Animals suffer as much as we do. True humanity does not allow us to impose such sufferings on them. It is our duty to make the whole world recognize it. Until we extend our circle of compassion to all living things, humanity will not find peace." ~Albert Schweitzer, The Philosophy of Civilization
We, the Undersigned, endorse the following petition:
Click to donate for The Elephant Sanctuary Target: Randy Paynter, Founder and CEO Sponsor: Heather Helard
As there are many supporters of The Elephant Sanctuary on Care2Connect, we are in favor of a new daily click to donate that would directly benefit the sanctuary, a 501 (c)(3) non profit organization. Sanctuary founder and executive director, Carol Buckley has stated that she supports this idea.
The Elephant Sanctuary in Tennessee,founded in 1995, is the nation's single natural habitat refuge developed specifically for endangered African and Asian elephants. It operates on 2,700 acres in Hohenwald, Tennessee - 85 miles southwest of Nashville.
The Elephant Sanctuary exists for two reasons:
To provide a haven for old, sick or needy elephants in a setting of green pastures, old-growth forests, spring-fed ponds and a heated barn for cold winter nights.
To provide education about the crisis facing these social, sensitive, passionately intense, playful, complex, exceedingly intelligent and endangered creatures.
The Elephant Sanctuary in Hohenwald, Tennessee, is the nation's largest natural-habitat refuge developed specifically to meet the needs of endangered elephants. It is a non-profit organization, licensed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency, designed specifically for old, sick or needy elephants who have been retired from zoos and circuses. Utilizing more than 2700 acres, it provides two separate and protected, natural habitat environments for Asian and African elephants. Our residents are not required to perform or entertain for the public; instead, they are encouraged to live like elephants.
Phil Snyder, regional director of the Humane Society of the United States has stated, "The Elephant Sanctuary represents the future of enlightened captive elephant management."
Dear Friends, These beautiful, sensitive creatures need our help, our protection & our voices to ring out loud & strong for them. Please take a few minutes to sign some (& hopefully ALL) of these petitions. Pay no mind to the dates on some of them... your signatures are still wanted & very much needed.
(Thank you to Eles & all members of "Elephant Lovers" for compiling these links. xo)
C - is for the cages where we rot our lives away; I - is for the indignity we suffer every day; R - is for the ring where we perform for human glee; C- is for the cruelty the audience doesn't see; U - is for the ugliness behind the flash and glitter; S - is for our slavery, so brutal and so bitter.
Go placidly amid the noise and haste, and remember what peace there may be in silence. As far as possible without surrender be on good terms with all persons.
Speak your truth quietly and clearly; and listen to others, even the dull and the ignorant; they too have their story.
Avoid loud and aggressive persons, they are vexations to the spirit. If you compare yourself with others, you may become vain and bitter; for always there will be greater and lesser persons than yourself.
Enjoy your achievements as well as your plans.
Keep interested in your own career, however humble; it is a real possession in the changing fortunes of time.
Exercise caution in your business affairs; for the world is full of trickery. But let this not blind you to what virtue there is; many persons strive for high ideals; and everywhere life is full of heroism.
Be yourself. Especially, do not feign affection. Neither be cynical about love; for in the face of all aridity and disenchantment it is as perennial as the grass.
Take kindly the counsel of the years, gracefully surrendering the things of youth. Nurture strength of spirit to shield you in sudden misfortune. But do not distress yourself with dark imaginings. Many fears are born of fatigue and loneliness.
Beyond a wholesome discipline, be gentle with yourself.
You are a child of the universe, no less than the trees and the stars; you have a right to be here. And whether or not it is clear to you, no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should.
Therefore be at peace with God, whatever you conceive Him to be, and whatever your labors and aspirations, in the noisy confusion of life keep peace with your soul.
With all its sham, drudgery, and broken dreams, it is still a beautiful world. Be cheerful. Strive to be happy.
Spirituality is, of
course, different from
religion. This is
in part why we changed
our description to that
of being an
rather than an interfaith
interfaith hints at
religion, meaning we are
a church of all...
Excuses don't really
excuse anyone from
anything other than to
g4t out of learning,
advancing and reaching
goals, as in having an
excuse to miss
class. You miss
it. That's what I'm
talking about.Some people
use excuses for
During times of grieving
it seems as if nothing
can ever be right
something of importance
is lost, there
always will be a void,
but things will be right
again, in the end.
can we say that in the
face of the death of a
When a woman covers her
face with a veil, her
face does not change,
just our view of it
changes. The same
can be said of
life. Life is
eternal. It goes on
forever. But when
death comes, it is as if
it is gone, when only our
Lord, make me an
instrument of Thy peace;
where there is hatred,
let me sow love;
where there is injury,
where there is doubt,
where there is despair,
where there is darkness,
and where there is
O Divine ...
We're not all where we
want to be, but we're all
in the best place for
right now to learn, do
and serve in whatever way
is best for us now; even
to include our state of
mind, for we are one
person in spirit, body
and mind. How else
are we to ch...
I became a vegetarian the
moment I found out you
could live without meat.
Back then, the
common thought was that
you needed meat to
survive. A lot of
people still believe this
today, but more and more
people are becoming
No one knows you like you
do. Not even your
mother. Not even
your husband or wife.
Not your doctor,
your therapist, your
teacher or anyone else.
The answers to all
of your questions lie
You just need to learn
When we designated
Essentials of Life
Center as an Interfaith
Church, was because we
believed it should be a
place where people of all
faiths and religions
should be able to come
and feel welcome.
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