We decide which is right and which is an illusion.

Archive for January, 2015

Find A Place Inside Where There’s Joy

‘Find a place inside where there’s joy, and the joy will burn out the pain.’

Joseph Campbell
American mythologist, writer, and lecturer best known for his work in comparative mythology and comparative religion

Man’s First Law

‘Man’s first law is to watch over his own preservation. His first care he owes to himself, and as soon as he reaches the age of reason, he becomes the only judge of the best means to preserve himself. He becomes his own master.’

Jean-Jacques Rosseau
Genevan philosopher, writer, and composer of the 18th century
His political philosophy influenced the French Revolution as well as the overall development of modern political, sociological, and educational thought 

Where Happiness Is More Often Found

‘Happiness, whether consisting of pleasure or virtue, or both, is more often found with those who are highly cultivated in their minds and in their character, and have only a moderate share of external goods, than among those who possess external goods to a useless extent but are deficient in higher qualities.’

Greek philosopher

The First Sign That Our System Is Broken

‘The common man or woman whether they are Israeli or Palestinian, Protestant or Catholic or Iraqi or American, the common man just wants to live in peace and justice in a clean environment. When we look around the world and we see that that is not the case, we know the will of majority is not being listened to. That’s the first sign that our system is broken.’

Woody Harrelson in the documentary Ethos, a film designed to inspire the individual to assume personal responsibility and to act for change in the world

The People Through Which Evil Is Done

‘Ultimately evil is done not so much by evil people but by good people who do not know themselves and who do not probe deeply.’

Reinhold Niebuhr
American theologian, ethicist, public intellectual, commentator on politics and public affairs, and professor at Union Theological Seminary for more than 30 years

You Are Here To Enrich The World

‘You are not here merely to make a living. You are here in order to enable the world to live more amply, with greater vision, with a finer spirit of hope and achievement. You are here to enrich the world, and you impoverish yourself if you forget the errand.’

Woodrow Wilson
28th President of the United States from 1913 to 1921 and leader of the Progressive Movement 

Praise Castrophe That Puts Truth In Its Place

‘Why, if it was an illusion, not praise the castrophe, whatever it was, that destroyed the illusion and put truth in its place?’

Virginia Woolf
English writer and one of the foremost modernists of the twentieth century