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The dissenter is every human being at those
moments of his life when he resigns momentarily from the herd
and thinks for himself.
Where justice is denied, where poverty is
enforced, where ignorance prevails, and where any one class is
made to feel that society is an organized conspiracy to oppress,
rob and degrade them, neither persons nor property will be safe.
Mark Twain, Education
and Citizenship speech, 5/14/1908
Patriotism is usually the
refuge of the scoundrel. He is the man who talks the loudest.-
J. William Fulbright:
In a democracy, dissent is an act of faith.
A patriot must always be
ready to defend his country against his government.
An eye for an eye makes
the whole world blind.
Justice is conscience, not a personal conscience
but the conscience of the whole of humanity. Those who clearly
recognize the voice of their own conscience usually recognize
also the voice of justice.
Ralph Waldo Emerson:
Thought is the blossom; language the bud;
action the fruit behind it.
A man's ethical behavior should be based
effectually on sympathy, education, and social ties; no religious
basis is necessary. Man would indeed be in a poor way if he had
to be restrained by fear of punishment and hope of reward after
Albert Schweitzer Civilization and Ethics, 1949:
Ethics, too, are nothing but reverence for
life. This is what gives me the fundamental principle of morality,
namely, that good consists in maintaining, promoting, and enhancing
life, and that destroying, injuring, and limiting life are evil.
Money is like manure; it's not worth a thing
unless it's spread around encouraging young things to grow.
from "The Matchmaker"
HH the Dalai Lama:
Consider the following. We humans are social
beings. We come into the world as the result of others' actions.
We survive here in dependence on others. Whether we like it or
not, there is hardly a moment of our lives when we do not benefit
from others' activities. For this reason it is hardly surprising
that most of our happiness arises in the context of our relationships
with others. Nor is it so remarkable that our greatest joy should
come when we are motivated by concern for others. But that is
not all. We find that not only do altruistic actions bring about
happiness but they also lessen our experience of suffering. Here
I am not suggesting that the individual whose actions are motivated
by the wish to bring others' happiness necessarily meets with
less misfortune than the one who does not. Sickness, old age,
mishaps of one sort or another are the same for us all. But the
sufferings which undermine our internal peace anxiety, doubt,
disappointment these things are definitely less. In our concern
for others, we worry less about ourselves. When we worry less
about ourselves an experience of our own suffering is less intense.
What does this tell us? Firstly, because
our every action has a universal dimension, a potential impact
on others' happiness, ethics are necessary as a means to ensure
that we do not harm others. Secondly, it tells us that genuine
happiness consists in those spiritual qualities of love, compassion,
patience, tolerance and forgiveness and so on. For it is these
which provide both for our happiness and others' happiness.
Ethics for a New Millennium, by His Holiness
the 14th Dalai Lama