You are the sum total of everything you’ve ever seen, heard, eaten, smelled, been told, forgot – it’s all there. Everything influences each of us. ~Maya Angelou I like to think, like most people I would venture to say, I am an independent thinker free from external influences unduly shaping my thoughts. I can’t be […]
India imposed on his thinking a many-layered structure, like lotus petals, and no longer let him think in a direct and simple way. ~Yukio Mishima Living abroad, especially in a culture polar opposite in personality from one’s own, is an eye-opening experience the way a cold slap in the face shakes a sleepy soul into […]
I don’t like that person. I must get to know him better. ~Abraham Lincoln Abe understood that many of the world’s ills could be resolved if the human race chose to courageously understand their fellow man instead of succumbing to the cowardly action of addressing hate with hate. The simple act of offering an open […]
“My loyalties will not be bound by national borders, or confined in time by our nations history, or limited in spiritual dimension by one language and culture. I pledge my allegiance to the damned human race, and my everlasting love to the green hills of earth, and my intimations of glory to the singing stars, […]
“It is not our differences that divide us. It is our inability to recognize, accept, and celebrate those differences.” ~Andre Lorde I do not accept the premise in the quote that we have an inability to recognize differences. Rather, we are hyper diligent at identifying differences, have cultivated an outright refusal to look beyond differences […]
“Justice may have won, but cruelty, death, and inhuman violence have also won.” ~Bao Ninh, The Sorrow of War My country is flirting with yet another war, another escalation of disagreement to the point that the fat and old send the fit and brave to die.
Justice may have won, but cruelty, death, and inhuman violence have also won. ~Bảo Ninh, The Sorrow of War: A Novel of North Vietnam I picked up the book, The Sorrow of War: A Novel of North Vietnam, in my ongoing quest to read around the world, to read books not originally published in English, to […]