so much in us

There’s so much good in the worst of us,
And so much bad in the best of us,
That it ill behooves the most of us
To stand and judge the rest of us.

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sound of suffering

The whole universe or the structure that perceives it is a worthy opponent, but try as I may I can not escape the sound of suffering. Perhaps as an old man I will take great comfort in pottering around in a lab and gently talking to students in the summer evening and will accept suffering with insouciance. But not now; men in their prime, if they have convictions are tasked to act on them.

difference between anger and hate

You know, anger, we need to be angry. Anger is acute, it’s transient, and after some time it subsides. But hate is chronic. It’s a chronic disease.

… we need to be angry, in a positive way, to feel outraged, of not accepting what is happening in this world. … There’s a difference between anger and hate.

Dr. Izzeldin Abuelaish tells the story of the death of his daughters during the Israeli attack on Gaza

blessing of war

… in many ways I feel my injury in that war has been a blessing in disguise. I have been given the opportunity to move through that dark night of the soul to a new shore, to gain an understanding, a knowledge, a completely different vision. I now believe that I have suffered for a reason, and in many ways I have found that reason in my commitment to peace and non-violence.

We who have witnessed the obscenity of war and experienced its horror and terrible consequences have an obligation to rise above our pain and sorrow and turn the tragedy of our lives into a triumph.