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Thursday, 30 September 2010

thought for the day

Ask not what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive... then go do it. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.
-- Howard Thurman

"The strength or weakness of a society depends more on the level of its spiritual life than on its level of industrialization. Neither a market economy nor even general abundance constitutes the crowning achievement of human life. If a nation’s spiritual energies have been exhausted, it will not be saved from collapse by the most perfect government structure or by any industrial development. A tree with a rotten core cannot stand."
-- Alexander Solzhenitsyn
(1918-2008) Russian novelist, Soviet dissident, imprisoned for 8 years for criticizing Stalin in a personal letter, Nobel Prize for Literature, 1970
Source: National Review article (Sept. 23, 1991, p.24)

"I have great sympathy for the oppressed but I do not expect them to be
morally superior to the oppressors. I merely expect them to be oppressed."
-- Jerome Barkow
Source: Dalhousie University, 1989