What does your heart say?
greeting (Na ca anun)
Everybody wants to tell their neighbors how to live. But nobody
wants to listen to how they feel.
- Michael Franti and Spearhead, Is your love enough, Yell
The golden rule is more and more recognized as the first rule
of travel and adventure travel and I'm told that group organizers
are rewarded by their customers for observing it.
Do unto others as they would like to have you do unto them.
Opinion is really the lowest form of human knowledge. It requires
no accountability, no understanding. The highest form of knowledge
. . . is empathy, for it requires us to suspend our egos and
live in another's world. It requires profound, purpose-larger-than-the-self
kind of understanding.
- Bill Bullard, quoted online Free
We have to look at the things the way they are, painful and
overwhelmingly as that may be, for no healing can begin until
we are fully present to our world, until we learn to sustain
- Joanna Macy, World
as Lover, World as Self
It seems to me that if we can imagine the injustice, then we
can imagine its opposite.
- Paul Keating, (sampled in From
little things big things grow)
Who knows, but that the universe is not one vast sea of compassion?
- Jack Kerouac
When things go wrong with you, it hurts me too.
- Grateful Dead
I feel your pain.
- U.S. President Bill Clinton
He who knows all, forgives all.
- Popular expression
What you do not want others to do to you, do not do to others.
Hal: Reese, do you know what empathy is?
Hal: Well, empathy is putting yourself in other people's shoes
so you can feel what they do. If you hurt someone, empathy makes
you hurt as well.
Reese: Then why would you want empathy?
in the Middle
Apart from that Mrs Lincoln, how did you enjoy the play?
- Tom Lehrer
In an interconnected world we have great need and basic responsibility,
for our own survival, to attend to the weakest links. By that
I mean those places in the world that suffer, those places in
the world where people die because they are too poor to stay
alive, those parts of the world which -- by virtue of physical
geography, epidemiology, climate stress, rain-fed agriculture
and drought-prone savannah climates for example -- face horrific
challenges to even get onto the ladder of development. One billion
people on the planet are too poor, too hungry, too disease-burdened,
too bereft of the most basic infrastructure even to get on the
ladder of development. The rich world seems to be believe, despite
all the fine speeches (and there have been many), that this
doesn't really matter, because the actions of the rich countries
don't begin to address this problem. We are leaving ten million
people to die every year because they are too poor to stay alive.
Fine speeches will not solve that problem.
- Jeffrey Sachs, Reith
Lectures 2007: Bursting at the Seams