I have to say the idea of writing a blog is unnerving me but I’ve done so much reading and thinking about these things, and believe so strongly in what I plan to write about, that I do feel I will have many meaningful things to share with you….. whoever “you” are………
I’m going to ease into this and just share a couple of quotes that I think are awesome:
“Lasting change cannot be forced, only inspired” ~ Kao Kalia Yang’s Grandmother (Yang is the author of The Latehomecomer: A Hmong Family Memoir)
“The ultimate weakness of violence is that it is a descending spiral, begetting the very thing it seeks to destroy. Instead of diminishing evil, it multiplies it. Through violence you may murder the liar, but you cannot murder the lie, nor establish the truth. Through violence you may murder the hater, but you do not murder hate. In fact, violence merely increases hate. So it goes. … Returning hate for hate multiplies hate, adding deeper darkness to a night already devoid of stars. Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.” ~ Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., in his book Strength To Love, 1963
“The success of our economy has always depended not just on the size of our Gross Domestic Product, but on the reach of our prosperity; on our ability to extend opportunity to every willing heart – not out of charity, but because it is the surest route to our common good.
As for our common defense, we reject as false the choice between our safety and our ideals. Our Founding Fathers, faced with perils we can scarcely imagine, drafted a charter to assure the rule of law and the rights of man, a charter expanded by the blood of generations. Those ideals still light the world, and we will not give them up for expedience’s sake. […]
For we know that our patchwork heritage is a strength, not a weakness. We are a nation of Christians and Muslims, Jews and Hindus – and non-believers. We are shaped by every language and culture, drawn from every end of this Earth; and because we have tasted the bitter swill of civil war and segregation, and emerged from that dark chapter stronger and more united, we cannot help but believe that the old hatreds shall someday pass; that the lines of tribe shall soon dissolve; that as the world grows smaller, our common humanity shall reveal itself; and that America must play its role in ushering in a new era of peace.” ~ President Barack Hussein Obama, on the occasion of his inauguration, January 20, 2009
“It is not up to you to complete the work, but neither are you free to desist from it.” ~ Rabbi Tarfon, in Pirkei Avot
Thanks for reading; I’m excited to see what comes of this experience.