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You cannot hope to build a better world
without improving the individuals.
To that end each of us
must work for his or her
own improvement, and at the same time
share a general responsibility for all humanity,
particular duty being to aid those to whom
we think we
can be most useful.
woman once told me that she did not feel the need to reach out to
around her because she prayed every day.
Surely, this was enough. But a prayer is about our relationship to God; a blessing is about our
relationship to the spark of God in one another.
God may not need our attention
as badly as the person next to us on the bus or behind us in line in
the supermarket. Everyone in the world matters, and so do their blessings.
When we bless
others, we offer them refuge from an indifferent world.
Rachel Naomi Remen
Believe, when you are most
unhappy, that there is
something for you to do in
the world. So long as
you can sweeten another's
pain, life is not in vain.
Let us. . . touch
the dying, the poor, the lonely and the unwanted
according to the graces we have received and let us not
or slow to do the humble work.
Have you seen a symphony
orchestra? There is a person at the
back carrying a triangle. Now and again the conductor will point
to him or her and that person will play "ting." That
might seem so
insignificant, but in the conception of the composer something
irreplaceable would be lost to the total beauty of the
symphony if that "ting" did not happen.
Entirely by yourself as an
you can go to hell,
but alone you cannot
for to go to heaven we
need what one may call
of the mutual dependence on
each other here
is spared personal pain must feel themselves
called to help in diminishing the pain of others. We must all carry
share of the misery
which lies upon the world.
people behind the words
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brotherhood? Brotherhood is giving to others the
to keep for yourself. . . giving to the
in another group
the same dignity, the same
that you want to have yourself.
Make it a rule, and
pray to God
to help you to keep it, never,
to lie down at night
without being able to say:
have made one human being
at least a little wiser,
little happier, or at least
a little better this day."
|We are born in relation, we live
we die in relation. There is, literally,
no such human place as simply "inside myself." Nor is any person, creed,
movement entirely "outside myself."
Love is the doorway
through which the human soul passes
from selfishness to
service and from solitude to kinship
with all humankind.
a person to argue, "I do not go to church; I pray alone,"
is no wiser than if he or she should say,
"I have no use
for symphonies; I believe only in solo music."
George A. Buttrick
good neighbor looks beyond the external accidents
discerns those inner qualities
that make all people
therefore, brothers and sisters.
Luther King, Jr.
No one may forsake
neighbors when they are in trouble. Everybody
to help and support their neighbors
they would themselves like to be helped.
foundation of the brotherhood of humankind is belief in
that God is the Father of humankind. For us,
therefore, brotherhood is
not only a generous
also a divine command.
Harry S. Truman
sin towards our fellow creatures
is not to hate them, but to be indifferent
to them: that's the essence of inhumanity.
George Bernard Shaw
Quotes on unity and oneness.
always had major problems with the concept of community,
for I've never felt a part of one. Even when I've had
great opportunities to meet people, to develop
friendships, to become a part of something bigger than
myself, I've pulled back, never feeling that I belonged.
The source of this feeling is very simple--since my
father was in the military, we moved around constantly. I
went to four grade schools, two junior high schools, and
three high schools. We never got the chance to be
included, and my father's desire to live off base
affected us, too, for we weren't even able to be a part
of the military community, and we didn't live in one
place long enough to be a part of any civilian community.
I don't say these things as a complaint, but as an
observation--because it's taken me many years to become
comfortable with the concept of belonging, to allow
myself to belong in spite of my fear of things coming to
an end, community is now extremely important to me. The
people I meet who have always been a part of something
often take community for granted, or even disdain the
"boredom" of being involved with the same
people for so long.
culture values independence and isolation far too much,
it seems to me--we have a hard time making ourselves part
of things, of making ourselves responsible to others, and
trusting others to be there for us. Sure, there's pain
involved if we get hurt, but there's far more pain in
isolation. I love community because God gave us other
people to live with, not to pull away from, and I learn
so much from others that I can't imagine my life without
the learning I've gained from getting to know other
people. But community doesn't work without commitment--not
the lukewarm type of commitment that many see as the
ideal, but a strong commitment that lets others know they
can count on you.
retrospect, I see one of the greatest problems of my own shying
away from community as the fact that I didn't allow people to
get to know me--I kept myself hidden, isolated, and alone, and
all that I had to teach was useless, for no one ever heard it.
I've spent many years trying to develop the kind of confidence
and strong self-image that would allow me to share what I have
to share, and I'm glad to say that I'm much better at it now
than I was just a few years ago, but I do still have quite a
ways to go.
lose our ability to live fully if we neglect or ignore our
responsibility to the other people who share this planet with
us. We simply cannot reach our full potential without the
insights and observations that other people--our teachers--have
to give us. We cannot feel whole until we are helping
other people to reach for their potential and to grow as strong
as they can grow. We do need down time, and we do need
time to ourselves, but we very much need to acknowledge our ties
to our fellow human beings and act as if those people meant more
to us than our jobs or pets or cars do. They are much more
important than anything material that we ever can get our hands
on or strive for.
When you ignore your
soul's destiny, when you get caught up in
your own self-interests
to care for others, you will not
Instead, you will feel empty and unfulfilled. During
these times, you are neglecting your soul--you
are depriving it of
nourishment. . .
outside your nine-to-five job as
an additional source of
and as a way to feel the joy of
others. You can do any number of things
goal--volunteer at a community hotline, coach a
donate your time to a public school,
visit the sick.
Whatever you choose,
you will gain
a sense that you are giving
of yourself, that you are
with the world,
that you are fulfilling
the destiny of your soul.
of us, at some time or other, need help. Whether we're giving
or receiving help, each one of us has something valuable to bring
to this world. That's one of the things that connects us as
neighbors--in our own way, each one of us is a giver and a receiver.
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The race of
humankind would perish did
they cease to aid each other.
We cannot exist without
All therefore that need aid have a right to
ask it from their fellow human;
and no one who has the
power of granting can refuse it without guilt.
It is the
individual who is not interested in his or her fellow people who
the greatest difficulties in life and and provides
the greatest injury to others.
It is from among such
individuals that all human failures spring.
The entire population of the
with one trifling exception, is composed of
John Andrew Holmes
A person is called selfish
not for pursuing
his or her own
good, but for neglecting
his or her
When a tree has been transplanted, though fierce
winds may blow, it
will not topple if it has a firm stake to hold it up. But even a
has grown up in place may fall over if its roots are weak. Even
person will not stumble if those supporting him or her are strong, but
person of considerable strength, when alone, may fall down an uneven
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friendship, a little sympathy, a little sociability, a little human
toil. . .
is needed in every nook and corner. Therefore search and see
there is not some place where you may invest your humanity.
the clearest and deepest meaning of brotherhood is
imagine yourself in the other person's position,
and then treat that
person as if you were him or her. This
form of brotherhood takes
a lot of imagination,
a great deal
of sympathy, and a tremendous
amount of understanding.
Treasure each other in the recognition that we do
how long we shall have each other.
Joshua Loth Liebman
Quotes on unity and oneness.
personally thankful that we live together in a large moral house
even if we do not drink at the same fountain of faith. The
experience together is one world, God's world, and our world,
and the problems we share are common human problems.
So we can talk together, try to understand each other,
and help each other.
than ever we are aware of the ties that bind us as opposed to
the things that keep us separate. The interconnection of all
grows clearer each day as the effects of the international nature
of the world grow clearer. Charles Dickens calls us "fellow
to the grave," as we're all here to do our best while we are
to make this world a better place. What
does this mean to us?
Our generations, more than any that preceded us, are learning about
our responsibilities to our fellow human beings, no matter where
they are, what their race, or what their beliefs. We are
the necessity of being truly human, of holding life sacred and
treating others as if they truly matter, for they do.
The task that remains is to cope
with our interdependence--to see
ourselves reflected in every other human being,
and to respect and honor our differences.
Melba Patillo Beals
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towards my neighbors is to love them
and to do unto all people as I would
they should do unto me.
most eloquent prayer is the prayer through hands that
The highest form of worship is the
worship of unselfish
The greatest form
of praise is the sound of
the lost and helpless.
We must delight in each other, make others'
conditions our own, rejoice
together, mourn together, labor and suffer together, always having
before our eyes our commission and community in the
work, our community as members of the same body.
|This is what Jesus had in
mind: folks coming together, forming close-knit
communities and meeting each other's needs-- no kings, no major
systems, no presidents necessary. His is a theology and practice
for the people of God, not a set of suggestions for empire.
Jesus for President
essence of community, its heart and soul, is the non-monetary
exchange of value; things we do and share because we care
for others, and for the good of the place.
One from Many
does not matter if we are forgotten; what matters is the effect we
have on those around us and those who come after us. What
is how our own lives affect the larger, perpetual community of the