Category Archives: HUMANITY

Recalling the fable of the ensnared lion and the kindly and industrious mouse that came to his rescue, we learn afresh that the weak may often help the great.

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“Our behaviour is different. How often have you seen a headline like this?–TWO DIE ATTEMPTING RESCUE OF DROWNING CHILD. If a man gets lost in the mountains, hundreds will search and often two or three searchers are killed. But the next time somebody gets lost just as many volunteers turn out.
Poor arithmetic, but very human. It runs through all our folklore, all human religions, all our literature–a racial conviction that when one human needs rescue, others should not count the price.”

― Robert A. Heinlein, Starship Troopers

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There are two kinds of compassion: compassion mixed with clinging, and compassion mixed with prajna – best knowledge.

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“The spirit of Ubuntu* – that profound African sense that we are human beings only through the humanity of other human beings – is not a parochial phenomenon, but has added globally to our common search for a better world.”

South African anti-apartheid activist and President Nelson Mandela

*Note: Ubuntu is an ancient African concept meaning “kindness towards human beings” or “humanity to others” or “I am what I am because of who we all are”.

http://www.rogerdarlington.co.uk/Thoughts.html

Rescue those being led away to death; hold back those staggering toward slaughter.

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“Our behaviour is different. How often have you seen a headline like this?

TWO DIE ATTEMPTING RESCUE OF DROWNING CHILD. If a man gets lost in the mountains, hundreds will search and often two or three searchers are killed. But the next time somebody gets lost just as many volunteers turn out.
Poor arithmetic, but very human. It runs through all our folklore, all human religions, all our literature–a racial conviction that when one human needs rescue, others should not count the price.”

― Robert A. Heinlein, Starship Troopers

“Where there are humans, You’ll find flies, And Buddhas.” ― Kobayashi Issa

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I don’t think most flies
Are too clever or wise.
They get stuck in your ears
And they crawl in your eyes.
They dirty the windows,
They dirty the wall,
And they don’t seem to have
Any manners at all.

But I do think our flies
Are the smartest flies around
They can crawl up a wall
Without sliding back down
And if you decide
To go walking outside,
They’ll sit on your back
And enjoy a free ride.

 

Source: Jill McDougall & Jenny Taylor, Anna the Goanna and other poems (Aboriginal Studies Press 2000)

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“The human capacity for burden is like bamboo- far more flexible than you’d ever believe at first glance.” ― Jodi Picoult, My Sister’s Keeper

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You ask how many friends I have? Water and stone, bamboo and pine.
The moon rising over the eastern hill is a joyful comrade.
Besides these five companions, what other pleasure should I ask? ”
–  Yon Sun-do (1587-1671), Korean Poet,
Sigo  

“Isn’t it nice to think that tomorrow is a new day with no mistakes in it yet? ― L.M. Montgomery

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WIND

around the corner of the house
out of the wind
flowers grow

she has not nurtured them
only the leaking roof
provided water

butterflies gather daily
their wings mixing colour
with the blooms

we spy around the corner
both holding our breath
holding our wind

ALI COBBY ECKERMAN

http://ozpoemaday.wordpress.com/category/aboriginal/

 

 

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Queensland Times (Ipswich) (Qld. : 1909 – 1954), Monday 22 November 1954,

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Sustained Exertion

The great Way involves the highest form of exertion, 
which goes on unceasingly in cycles 
from the first dawning of religious truth, 
through the test of discipline and practice, 
to awakening and nirvana. 
It is sustained exertion proceeding without lapse from cycle to cycle. 
Accordingly, it is exertion that is neither self-imposed, nor imposed by others, 
but free and uncoerced. 
The truth is that the benefits of one’s own struggles and sustained exertions 
are shared by all beings in the ten directions. 
Others may not be aware of this, but it is so …

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Trees like to have kids climb on them, but trees are much bigger than we are, and much more forgiving. Diane Frolov and Andrew Schneider

http://www.litera.co.uk/proverbs_and_sayings_on_save_trees/

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Tree by Kevin Hart

It takes a life to understand a tree.

You start by climbing high, by holding eggs

Like eyes in the curved eyelids of a young hand,

Then take away plump scratchy nests, still warm,

By thinking other things. Branches will wave

As though to seek your help, but then they go

Just like the ants and leaves marked hard with lines.

Summer will pass with rich dark smells of earth

And then the sound of wind in branches—yes,

That too will slide into the void you hold

With next door’s silky oak that vaguely sighed

One early morning, deep in the pulp of Spring,

Then fell on power lines and through a house.

It takes a life to understand a tree

But life climbs quickly, climbs with claws, and so

You haven’t stood beneath a tree for long

And all that’s left is a sparkle up there, high,

A glistening that you can hardly see,

That beckons you toward it, nonetheless,

And somehow tells you that there is no void.

http://ozpoemaday.wordpress.com/2012/02/18/tree-by-kevin-hart/

Source: The ABC Book of Australian Poetry: a treasury for young people compiled by Libby Hathorn (ABC Books 2010)

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The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 – 1954), Saturday 15 April 1933

The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW - 1842 - 1954), Saturday 15 April 1933

When the ape cannot reach the banana with its hand, he says it is sour” ~ Bambara (Mali)

http://www.glimpsesofafrica.com/african-quotes–proverbs.html

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All right,” said Susan. “I’m not stupid. You’re saying humans need… fantasies to make life bearable.”

REALLY? AS IF IT WAS SOME KIND OF PINK PILL? NO. HUMANS NEED FANTASY TO BE HUMAN. TO BE THE PLACE WHERE THE FALLING ANGEL MEETS THE RISING APE.

TERRY PRATCHETT.

An insincere and evil friend is more to be feared than a wild beast; as a wild beast can harm your body, but an evil friend can wound your soul. – See more at: http://friends.com/bad-friend-quotes#sthash.LP8JOirV.dpuf

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It is a great evil to look upon mankind with too clear vision. You seem to be living among wild beasts, and you become a wild beast yourself.

The Story of Prince Alasi and the Princess Firouzkah.

― William Beckford, Episodes of Vathek

Did you soar into the clouds, impossibly?

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We see quite clearly that what happens to the nonhuman happens to the human. What happens to the outer world happens to the inner world. If the outer world is diminished in its grandeur then the emotional, imaginative, intellectual, and spiritual life of the human is diminished or extinguished. Without the soaring birds, the great forests, the sounds and coloration of the insects, the free-flowing streams, the flowering fields the sight of the clouds by day and the stars at night, we become impoverished in all that makes us human.

Thomas Berry

http://www.quotesforthemind.com/categories/canadian-quotes/canadian-quotes-proverbs-sayings-and-poems/

Some day you will be old enough to start reading fairy tales again.”

― C.S. Lewis

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You don’t pay back your parents. You can’t. The debt you owe them gets collected by your children, who hand it down in turn. It’s a sort of entailment. Or if you don’t have children of the body, it’s left as a debt to your common humanity. Or to your God, if you possess or are possessed by one.

Lois McMaster Bujold

With little shudders of disgust they all followed Zaphod down the incline into the crater, trying very hard not to look at its unfortunate creator. Life, said Marvin dolefully, loathe it or ignore it, you can’t like it.

DOUGLAS ADAMS.

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“The moon is a loyal companion.
It never leaves. It’s always there, watching, steadfast, knowing us in our light and dark moments, changing forever just as we do. Every day it’s a different version of itself. Sometimes weak and wan, sometimes strong and full of light. The moon understands what it means to be human.
Uncertain. Alone. Cratered by imperfections.”

― Tahereh Mafi, Shatter Me

Nature seems to look after her own only up to a certain point; beyond that they are supposed to fend for themselves.

“Life, Flesh and Blood: Amphibians,” (p.185), Simon & Schuster, NY, NY, 1959 Hal Borland (1900-1978) – The Enduring Pattern,

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Humans are amphibians – half spirit and half animal. As spirits they belong to the eternal world, but as animals they inhabit time.
C. S. Lewis

Clean, clear, calm; these are characteristics of a noble person.

http://www.nomadicnotes.com/travel-blog/52-inspiring-buddhist-quotes-and-sayings-on-life/

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“Just being a human being, I’ve realized that before every big problem you create for yourself, before every huge mess you have to clean up, there was a crucial moment where you could’ve just said no.”

― Taylor Swift

The telling of a story, like virtually everything in this life, was always made all the easier by a cup of tea.”

Alexander McCall Smith, The Miracle at Speedy Motors

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The best thing about tea, above everything else, is that it lubricates the grey matter.

There’s joy in the mountains; There’s life in the fountains; Small clouds are sailing, The rain is over and gone!” –

William Wordsworth,

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“Hell wasn’t a major reservoir of evil, any more than Heaven, in Crowley’s opinion, was a fountain of goodness; they were just sides in the great cosmic chess game. Where you found the real McCoy, the real grace and the real heart-stopping evil, was right inside the human mind.”

― Terry Pratchett, Good Omens: The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch

Defiance may be the roughest path to beauty but, unfortunately, often it is the only path.”

― Debra K. Rodgers, Dear Maymie

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“None of us should be ashamed to speak of our class power or lack of it. Overcoming fear, even the fear of being immodest, and acting courageously to bring issues of class- especially radical standpoints – into the discourse of blackness is a gesture of militant defiance, one that runs counter to bourgeois insistence that we think of “money” in particular and class in general as private matters.”

― Bell Hooks, killing rage: Ending Racism

There just isn`t any pleasing some people. The trick is to stop trying. –

Robert Mitchum

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“People tend to consider being vulnerable a bad thing. It’s not. Vulnerability reminds us that we’re human. It keeps us open to giving and receiving love. Without at least a little, we can become someone living n a prison of our own making, where the walls are so thick that no one can get in or out.”
― Jodee Blanco, Please Stop Laughing at Me… One Woman’s Inspirational Story

 

The isolation of every human soul and the necessity of self- dependence must give each individual the right to choose his own surroundings.

Elizabeth Cady Stanton
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“I would judge the sanest man to be him who most firmly realizes the tragic isolation of humanity and pursues his essential purposes calmly. I suppose I feel about it this way because I have a delusion of grandeur. I believe myself to be Joe Gould.”
― Joe Gould