The entire population of the
with one trifling
exception, is composed of
John Andrew Holmes
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 clearest and deepest meaning of brotherhood is the ability
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. -Obert C.
friendship, a little sympathy, a little sociability, a little human
toil. . .
is needed in every nook and corner. Therefore search and see
if there is not some place where you may invest your humanity.
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. -Lewis
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.
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
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
Treasure each other in the recognition that we do
how long we shall have each other.
-Joshua Loth Liebman
When you ignore your
soul's destiny, when you get caught up in your own self-interests
to care for others, you will not feel "right."
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 helping
others. You can do any number of things
this goal--volunteer at a community hotline, coach a
Little League team,
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. -Rabbi Harold Kushner
foundation of the brotherhood of humankind is belief in the
that God is the Father of humankind. For us,
therefore, brotherhood is
not only a generous impulse but
also a divine command. -Harry S. Truman
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.
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
Love is the doorway
through which the human soul passes
from selfishness to
service and from solitude to kinship
with all humankind. -unattributed
What are brotherhood
and sisterhood? They are giving to others the rights
to keep for yourself. . . giving to the
individual in another group
the same dignity, the same
full appreciation 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."
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. -Mother
story of any one person's real experience finds its startling parallel in that of every one of us.
responsible for one another. Collectively so.
The world is a joint effort. We might say it
is like a giant puzzle, and each one of us is a very
and unique part of it. Collectively, we
can unite and bring about a powerful change
in the world.
By working to raise our awareness to the highest
possible level of
spiritual understanding, we can begin
to heal ourselves, then each other and the world.
Very seldom will people give up on
themselves. They continue to have hope
because they know that they have the potential for change. They try
again--not just to exist, but to bring about those
changes in themselves that will make
their lives worth living. Yet people are very quick to give up on friends,
especially on spouses, to declare them hopeless, and to
either walk away
or do nothing more than resign
themselves to a bad situation.
It is not written,
blessed are they that feedeth the poor,
but they that
considereth the poor. A little thought and a little
kindness are often worth
more than a great deal of money. -John
A lot of movement in today's life is away
from others. That's part of the American myth
individualism. We are lone wolves, us against the
or sometimes as a small, nuclear
family. But I think we've paid a high price for
in this country. There's tremendous solitude
and isolation. Perhaps this revival
of interest in
the soul is reflecting a slight turn away from the
isolation of individualism
back to the cohesion of the
community. Soulful life nudges us toward
ourselves to the neighborhood, toward
community action, political activity,
our family, our past, our ancestors, and revitalizing our
spiritual lives. -Phil Cousineau
When a mentally retarded child
is born, the religious question we often ask is, "Why
does God let this happen?" The better question
to pose is to ask, "What kind of community should we
be so that mental retardation isn't a barrier to the
enjoyment of one's full humanity?"
-Rabbi Harold Kushner
O God, the spirit of neighborliness among us,
that in peril we may
uphold one another,
in calamity serve one another, in suffering tend
and in homeliness and loneliness in exile befriend one
another. Grant us brave and enduring hearts that we may
strengthen one another,
till the disciplines and testing of these days
be ended. -Prayer
used in air-raid shelters, England, WWII
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
on earth. -Francis Devas
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. -Albert
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, ideology, or
movement entirely "outside myself."
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