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You don't live in a world all alone.
Your brothers and sisters are here, too.
until the creation and maintenance of decent conditions
for all people are recognized and accepted as a
of all of us. . . shall we be able
to speak of humankind as civilized.
were formed for society and are neither capable
living alone, nor have the courage to do it.
does not have meaning through mere existence or
fun. The meaning of life is inherent in the connections we
through honor and obligation.
This is the true joy of life, the being used
up for a purpose recognized by yourself
as a mighty one; being a force of nature instead of a
feverish, selfish little clod of
ailments and grievances, complaining that the world will not
devote itself to making
you happy. I am of the opinion that my life belongs to
the community, and as long
as I live, it is my privilege to do for it whatever I
can. I want to be thoroughly used
up when I die, for the harder I work, the more I live.
Life is no "brief candle" to me. It is a sort of splendid torch which I have got hold of for a
moment, and I want to
make it burn as brightly as possible before handing it on to
George Bernard Shaw
Alone we can do so little;
together we can do so much.
people do not know that they can strengthen or diminish
the life around them.
The way we live day to day simply may not
reflect back to us our power to influence life or the web of
that connects us.
Life responds to us anyway.
We all have the power
to affect others.
We may affect those we know and those we do not even
know at all. . . . Without our knowing, we may influence
the lives of others in very simple ways.
Rachel Naomi Remen
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person takes care that their neighbor shall not cheat
them. But a day comes when we begin to care that we do
not cheat our
neighbors. Then all goes well. We
our market-cart into a chariot of the sun.
you are an integral
part of a social system,
let every act
contribute to the harmonization
life. Any action
that is not related directly
or remotely to this social aim
disturbs your life, and
destroys your unity.
salvation of humankind lies only in making everything the concern of
For nothing is
fixed, forever and forever and forever, it is not fixed;
is always shifting, the light is always changing, the sea
cease to grind down rock. Generations do not cease to be born,
and we are responsible to them because we are the only witnesses
The sea rises, the light fails, lovers cling to
each other, and children cling to us.
The moment we cease to
hold each other, the moment we break faith
with one another, the sea
engulfs us and the light goes out.
follow these two rules:
first, act only on what your reasoning mind proposes
for the good of humanity, and second, change your opinion if someone
you it’s wrong.
This change of mind must proceed only from the conviction that
both correct and for the common good, but not because it will give you
pleasure and make you popular.
|The central purpose of each life should be to
dilute the misery in the world.
|An old rabbi
once asked his pupils how they could tell when the night had ended
and the day had begun.
"Could it be,"
asked one of the students, "when you can see an animal in the
distance and tell whether it's a sheep or a dog?"
Another asked, "Is it
when you can look at a tree in the distance and tell whether it's
a fig tree or a peach tree?"
"Then when is
it?" the pupils demanded.
"It is when you can
look on the face of any man or woman and see that it is your
sister or brother. Because if you cannot see this, it is
|Snowflakes are one of nature's most fragile
but just look at what they can do when they stick together.
Vesta M. Kelly
people and live amongst them in such a way so that when you
die they will
cry over you, and while you are alive they long for your
am a creature of God and my neighbor is also a creature of
I work in the city and my neighbor lives in the country.
I rise early for my work and my neighbor rises early for work.
Just as my neighbor cannot excel in my work,
I cannot excel in my neighbor's work.
Will you say that I do great things and my neighbor does small
We have learned that it does not matter whether a person does
much or little as long as one directs one's heart to Heaven.
the Babylonian Talmud
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traveler came to the gates of a new city and asked the
gatekeeper, "What kind of people live here?"
gatekeeper answered with a question of his own,
"What kind of people lived in the city you just
traveler replied, "They were mostly a
cantankerous lot, greedy and self-centered."
gatekeeper answered, "I expect you will find the
people here just the same."
after, another traveler met the gatekeeper and asked
the same question. Again the gatekeeper asked,
"How did you find the residents of the city you
traveler answered enthusiastically, "They were
warm and hospitable; truly a fine group of
gatekeeper responded, "I expect you will find
these folk just the same."
|One exemplary act may affect one life, or even
millions of lives. All those
who set standards for themselves, who strengthen the bonds of
do their work creditably and accept individual responsibility,
the common future.
John W. Gardner
aspect of true community is that we respond to the needs of
within our own capabilities. Living in a community
and actively provides opportunities for growing naturally in
Living compassionately in a community means that we care not
only about our
own advancement, materially as well as spiritually, but also
about the well-being
of all members, including those at the bottom. Those at
the so-called bottom
may be far more spiritually rich than those with whom we
aspire to consort. . . .
there is no limit to how we conceive the expanse of community,
only our own thinking.
of us come into the world fully formed. We would not
know how to
think, or walk, or speak, or behave as human beings unless we
from other human beings. We need other human beings in
order to be human.
I am because other people are.
When there was a
disaster, it used to be that people went to church and
all held hands. Now the minute anything happens they run
- community 3
One of the marvelous
things about community is that it enables us to
welcome and help people in a way we couldn't as individuals.
we pool our strength and share the work and responsibility, we
welcome many people, even those in deep distress, and perhaps
help them find self-confidence and inner healing.
Community And Growth
community stagnates without the impulse of the individual.
The impulse dies away without the sympathy of the community.
are beginning to realize that self-knowledge is not an end
in itself. It's for the purpose of better relationships,
so that we
can give to our community. You can give from
overflow. It's very
hard to give from emptiness. . . . People who avoid
cause a great deal of pain to themselves as well as to their
Success Is the Quality of Your Journey
Years ago I recognized my
kinship with all living things, and I
made up my
mind that I was not one bit better than the meanest
on the earth. I said
then and I say now, that while there is a
lower class, I am in it; while there
is a criminal element,
I am of it; while there is a soul in prison, I am not free.
Eugene V. Debs
Quotes on unity and
We seldom stop to
think how many people's lives are entwined
with our own. It is a form of selfishness to imagine
individual can operate on his or her own or can pull out
of the general stream and not be missed.
Ivy Baker Priest
a thread that binds all of us together; pull one end
of the thread, the strain is felt all down the line.
and opposite needs for solitude and community constitute a
paradox. When it is torn apart, both of these
life-giving states of being
degenerate into deathly specters of themselves. Solitude
split off from
community is no longer a rich and fulfilling experience of
now it becomes loneliness, a terrible isolation.
Community split off from
solitude is no longer a nurturing network of relationships;
now it becomes
a crowd, an alienating buzz of too many people and too much
Parker J. Palmer
The Courage to Teach
nobody in this country who got rich on their own. Nobody.
You built a factory out there--good for you. But I want to be
You moved your goods to market on roads the rest of us paid
You hired workers the rest of us paid to educate. You were
in your factory because of police forces and fire forces that
rest of us paid for. You didn't have to worry that marauding
would come and seize everything at your factory. . . Now look.
built a factory and it turned into something terrific or a
God bless! Keep a hunk of it. But part of the underlying
social contract is you take a hunk of that and pay
forward for the next kid who comes along.
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|My whole life has largely been one of
surprises. I believe that any person's life will
be filled with constant, unexpected encouragements of
this kind if one makes up one's mind to do one's level
best each day of his or her life--that is, tries to
make each day reach as nearly as possible the
high-water mark of pure, unselfish, useful
living. I pity the person, black or white, who
has never experienced the joy and satisfaction that
come to one by reason of an effort to assist in making
someone else more useful and more happy. It
seems to me that one of the most vital questions that
touch our American life is how to bring the strong,
wealthy, and learned into helpful touch with the
poorest, most ignorant, and humblest, and at the same
time make one appreciate the vitalizing, strengthening
influence of the other. How shall we make the
mansions on yon Beacon Street feel and see the need of
the spirits in the lowliest cabins in Alabama
cottonfields or Louisiana sugar-bottoms?
Up from Slavery
Stranger says: “What is the meaning of this city?
Do you huddle close together because you love each other?”
What will you answer? “We all dwell together
To make money from each other”? or “This is a
Oh my soul, be prepared for the coming of the Stranger.
Be prepared for him who knows how to ask questions.
are living books. The real library of life is community.
can change things. If everyone will just do their little
then we can make a tremendous difference in the lives of other
dubious as to how far we can move toward global
is the only way to achieve international peace--until we learn
principles of community in our own individual lives and
spheres of influence.
M. Scott Peck
The Different Drum
The poor have a role
to play in building a society truly worthy of the
human person--a society in which none ore so poor that they
nothing to give and none are so rich that they have nothing to
John Paul II