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What makes me tick
I'm a Christian. I identify strongly with St Paul's words:
"Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable--if anything is excellent or praiseworthy--think about such things." (Philippians 4:8)
There's far too much cynicism and nihilism about. What has postmodernist sneering at absolute values (religious, moral, cultural, educational, you name it) done to the human condition in the West, other than detract from it?
Here are some quotes I like:
“If you don’t stand for something you’ll fall for anything.” - Steve Bartkowski
“However many holy words you read, however many you speak, what good will they do you if you do not act upon them?” – Buddha, The Dhammapada
“The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.” - Edmund Burke
“We can destroy ourselves by cynicism and disillusion, just as effectively as by bombs.” – Kenneth Clark
"All the strength and force of man come from his faith in things unseen." - James Freeman Clarke
“The superior man understands what is right; the inferior man understands what will sell.” -Confucius, Aphorisms, VII
“Only one way of life is logically compatible with Christianity; any kind of life is logically compatible with atheism”. – Dr John Dickson, Director of the Centre for Public Christianity, Sydney
"No man is an island, entire of itself...any man's death diminishes me, because I am involved in mankind; and therefore never send to know for whom the bell tolls; it tolls for thee.” – John Donne
“It seems to me that the meaning of a person’s life consists in proving to himself every minute that he’s a person and not a piano key.” – Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Notes from the Underground
"YOU must be the change that you wish to see in the world." – Mahatma Gandhi
"Morality is not properly the doctrine of how we make ourselves happy, but how we make ourselves worthy of happiness." - Immanuel Kant
“Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.” - Martin Luther King Jr.
"Tolerance becomes a crime when applied to evil.” – Thomas Mann
"You yourself create all your misery, hour after hour, day after day. You think the goal justifies the means, even the vile means. You are wrong: The goal is in the path on which you arrive at it. Every step of today is your life of tomorrow. No great goal can be reached by vile means. That you have proven in every social revolution. The vileness or inhumanity of the path to the goal makes you vile or inhuman, and the goal unattainable." - Wilhelm Reich
“The distinction between good and evil does not run between one nation and another, or one group and another. It runs straight through every human heart.” – Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
“If once we admit it, be it for a single hour or in a single instance, that there can be anything more important than compassion for a fellow human being, then there is no crime against man that we cannot commit with an easy conscience. … Inanimate objects may be dealt with without love: we may fell trees, bake bricks, hammer iron without love. But human beings cannot be handled without love, any more than bees can be handled without care. That is the nature of bees. If you handle bees carelessly you will harm the bees and yourself as well. And so it is with people. And it cannot be otherwise, because mutual love is the fundamental law of human life.” – Leo Tolstoy, Resurrection, chapter 40