We Must Follow The Truth

Every person passing through this life will unknowingly leave something and take something away. Most of this ‘something’ cannot be seen or heard or numbered or scientifically detected or counted. It’s what we leave in the minds of other people and what they leave in ours. Memory. The census doesn’t count it. Nothing counts without it.
( Robert Fulghum )

I’m sorry, if you were right, I’d agree with you.
( Robin Williams )

It is important to bear in mind that political campaigns are designed by the same people who sell toothpaste and cars. 
( Noam Chomsky )

The fact that, in the United States, there are people serving ten-year prison terms for growing marijuana plants in their backyards while Wall Street racketeers, who have defrauded millions of people and destroyed the global economy, walk free is a kind of bizarre hypocrisy that boggles my mind.
( Mark Haskell Smith )

A Nation should not be judged by how it treats its highest citizens, but it’s lowest ones.
( Nelson Mandela )

Our ignorance can be divided into problems and mysteries. When we face a problem, we may not know its solution, but we have insight, increasing knowledge, and an inkling of what we are looking for. When we face a mystery, however, we can only stare in wonder and bewilderment, not knowing what an explanation would even look like. 
( Noam Chomsky )

If you do not want to be lied to, then you need to stop following politics. 
( Steven Magee )

The Explosion Of The Prison Population In The USA ..
Most people imagine that the explosion in the U.S. prison population during the past 25 years reflects changes in crime rates. Few would guess that our prison population leaped from approximately 350,000 to 2.3million in such a short period of time due to changes in laws and policies, not changes in crime rates. Yet it has been changes in our laws, particularly the dramatic increases in the length of our prison sentences, that have been responsible for the growth of our prison system, not increases in crime. One study suggests that the entire increase in the prison population from 1980 to 2001 can be explained by sentencing policy changes.

( Michelle Alexander )

Yes the truth is that men’s ambition and their desire to make money are among the most frequent causes of deliberate acts of injustice.
( Aristotle )

It is the responsibility of intellectuals to speak the truth and expose lies. 
( Noam Chomsky )

If you surround yourself with the good and righteous, they can only raise you up.
If you surround yourself with the others, they will drag you down into the doldrums of mediocrity, and they will keep you there, but only as long as you permit it. 

( Mark Glamack )

This Government is responsible for deaths, it’s responsible for starvation, it’s responsible for untold suffering and despair on a scale we have not seen since the Victorian era.
( Peter Stefanovic, 15.06.2019 )

Extremes to the right and to the left of any political dispute are always wrong. 
( Dwight D. Eisenhower )

You can’t keep snakes in your backyard and expect them only to bite your neighbours. You know, eventually those snakes are going to turn on whoever has them in the backyard.
( Hillary Rodham Clinton )

He is shallow, friendless, disloyal, deceitful, a womanising, mad-haired, narcissitic, liar.
( Brian Reade on Boris Johnson )

The only people truly bound by campaign promises are the voters who believe them. 
( Christopher Hitchens )

Politics, as a practice, whatever its professions, has always been the systematic organisation of hatreds. 
( Henry Adams )

For the powerful, crimes are those that others commit. 
( Noam Chomsky )

The Relentless Smear Campaign Against Jeremy Corbyn ..
The Conservative Party, the Tory-supporting media, and Jewish activist groups, who some claim many have infiltrated the Labour Party by becoming members, seem to devote much of their time and energy attempting  to discredit and blacken the reputation of Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn. The relentless rhetoric, unfounded allegations, propaganda and fear-mongering have persuaded many, both neutrals and Labour supporters, and some who should know better, to join the attack on Mr Corbyn. The reasons for the prolonged smear-campaign, which started almost the moment Mr Corbyn was elected as Labour Party leader, are fairly obvious to smart and intelligent people. The initial, ridiculous unfounded attacks were for being a threat to national security and befriending just about every terrorist organisation. When this didn’t work, the meaning of anti-semitism was changed overnight. Because Mr Corbyn is sympathetic to Palestine and criticises Israel, this has been the relentless rhetoric ever since. The reasons, of course, is that the elite and the wealthy are worried (shit-scared, in fact) that if Mr Corbyn did take office as Prime Minister he would, without doubt, look closely at tax-havens, offshore bank accounts, tax-evasion, money-laundering, corruption, and the dodgy goings-on in the banking and financial sectors.
They simply want to stop Mr Corbyn becoming the UK Prime Minister, no matter what they have to do or say, or how dirty or low down in the gutter they have to go.
( Len Firswood )

Propaganda campaigns in general have been closely attuned to elite interests.
( Noam Chomsky )

A person with true power doesn’t need to attack. A person without power attacks constantly. 
( DaShanne Stokes )

Bullies are all the same. They are thin-skinned and cannot accept criticism, but find nothing wrong with name-calling, insulting, undermining and humiliating the characters of good, honest people.
( Rose Winfold )

I think it only makes sense to seek out and identify structures of authority, hierarchy, and domination in every aspect of life, and to challenge them. Unless a justification for them can be given, they are illegitimate, and should be dismantled, to increase the scope of human freedom. 
( Noam Chomsky )

Being poor is not simply a matter of lacking opportunities to convert one’s labour into a wage, or a living wage, for that matter, but rather of becoming indebted and, through the commodification of these debts, paying an ever-higher price for being poor. 
( Noelle Stout )

Poverty is the parent of revolution and crime. 
( Aristotle )

Try to look at causes and solve problems. Do not concentrate on military solutions. Do not seek military solutions. Terrorism is a political problem. Seek political solutions. Diplomacy works. 
( Eqbal Ahmed )

I think the saddest people always try their hardest to make people happy because they know what it’s like to feel absolutely worthless and they don’t want anyone else to feel like that.
( Robin Williams )

Rewarding jaundiced Boris Johnson for self-serving Brexit fibs largely responsible for the current chaos would be like signing a weekly direct debit for the burglar who just ransacked your home and stole the family silver.
( Kevin Maguire, 28.04.2019 )

America cannot survive a regime as an international tyrant. Only through cooperation of nations will the citizens of the world thrive.
( Kilroy J. Oldster )

The many are more incorruptible than the few. They are like the greater quantity of water which is less easily corrupted than a little.
( Aristotle )

The Violated Treaties ..
Some years back Richard Nixon warned the American people that Russia was bad because she had not kept any treaty or agreement signed with her. You can trust the Communists, the saying went, to be Communists. Indian people laugh themselves sick when they hear these statements. America has yet to keep one Indian treaty or agreement despite the fact that the United States government signed over four hundred such treaties and agreements with Indian tribes. It would take Russia another century to make and break as many treaties as the United States has already violated.

( Vine Deloria Jr. )

When you hear and read prominent people and politicians continually criticising and attempting to blacken an opponent’s name or reputation, you can be sure it’s either jealousy, or more likely, fearful of that opponent.
( Dion Felsrow )

So casual is Boris Johnson’s acquaintance with the truth, assuming immediately that he’s lying saves time.
( Kevin Maguire, 16.06.2019 )

We don’t read and write poetry because it’s cute. We read and write poetry because we are members of the human race. And the human race is filled with passion. And medicine, law, business, engineering – these are noble pursuits and necessary to sustain life. But poetry, beauty, romance, love – these are what we stay alive for.
( Robin Williams )

Both are strangers to the truth, guilty of odious racism and are Me-Me-Me egomaniacs elevating themselves first, second and third.
( Kevin Maguire on Boris Johnson and Donald Trump, 28.04.2019 )

Blind party loyalty will be our downfall. We must follow the truth wherever it leads. 
( DaShanne Stokes )

Now it is evident that the form of government is best in which every man, whoever he is, can act best and live happily. 
( Aristotle )

Illegal immigrants have always been a problem in the USA.
Ask any indigenous American Indian.

( Rose Winfold )

I predict future happiness for Americans, if they can prevent the government from wasting the labours of the people under the pretence of taking care of them.
( Thomas Jefferson )

Remember, remember always, that all of us, and you and I especially, are descended from immigrants and revolutionists. 
( Franklin D. Roosevelt )

No matter how corrupt, greedy, and heartless our government, our corporations, our media, and our religious and charitable institutions may become, the music will still be wonderful.
( Kurt Vonnegut )

When you’re dealing with frauds and liars, listen more to what they don’t say than what they do. 
( DaShanne Stokes )

Boris Bikes Or Ken’s Cycles ? ..
He was a terrible Foreign Secretary in a rehearsal for No 10, laughing about dead bodies in Libya and cack-handedly extending a British-Iranian mother’s jail sentence in Iran. Equally his eight-year reign at London Mayor was a complete failure compared with Labour predecessor Ken Livingstone’s innovative terms, the Tory scamster squandering £40m on vanity buses and a £43m luvvie unbuilt garden bridge. Boris Airport was a pricey fiction and even the “Boris Bikes” network was inherited from Livingstone, “Ken’s Cycles” a more accurate eponymous tribute.
( Kevin Maguire on Boris Johnson, 16.06.2019 )

A stupid leader or politician is a dangerous enemy.
There is no defence against stupidity.
Facts, protests, reasons, even the truth, fall on deaf ears.
When presented with irrefutable evidence the stupid person will become irritable, critical and offensive, and just push the truth aside as inconsequential or incidental.
Great caution is called for when dealing with a stupid person, they are dangerous.
( Flori Swedon )

If we don’t believe in freedom of expression for people we despise, we don’t believe in it at all. 
( Noam Chomsky )

A politician is a hog grateful to whoever is rattling the stick inside the swill bucket. It is time to take the swill bucket away. 
( Mike Lofgren )

Most politicians are corrupt as they do not represent the masses that voted for them, but rather they choose to return numerous favours to the corporations that funded their election campaigns. 
( Steven Magee )

I have a problem with people who take the Constitution loosely and the Bible literally.
( Bill Maher )

Everyone’s worried about stopping terrorism. Well, there’s really an easy way:
Stop participating in it.

( Noam Chomsky )

Democracy is a pathetic belief in the collective wisdom of individual ignorance.
No one in this world, so far as I know, and I have researched the records for years, and employed agents to help me, has ever lost money by underestimating the intelligence of the great masses of the plain people. Nor has anyone ever lost public office thereby.
( H.L. Mencken )

Governments which have a regard to the common interest are constituted in accordance with strict principles of justice, and are therefore true forms. But those which regard only the interest of the rulers are all defective and perverted forms, for they are despotic, whereas a state is a community of free men.
( Aristotle )

They declare that it is unpatriotic and disruptive to question the workings of authority, but patriotic to institute harsh and regressive policies that benefit the wealthy, undermine social programs that serve the needs of the great majority, and subordinate a frightened population to increased state control. 
( Noam Chomsky )

Certainly clumsy, embarrassing, unprincipled, and mean spirited things do occur in our interactions with other people that would allow us to take offense. However, it ultimately is impossible for another person to offend you or to offend me. Indeed, believing that another person offended us is fundamentally false. To be offended is a choice we make. It is not a condition inflicted or imposed upon us by someone or something else.
( David A. Bednar )

May I stress the need for courageous, intelligent, and dedicated leadership. Leaders of sound integrity. Leaders not in love with publicity, but in love with justice. Leaders not in love with money, but in love with humanity. Leaders who can subject their particular egos to the greatness of the cause.
( Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. )

We owe our loyalty to each other and to our children’s children, not to party politics.
( DaShanne Stokes )

Shameful Austerity And Morals

Rosa Parks ..
It was 1955 in Montgomery, Alabama, and Rosa, a 42 year-old African-American, was on the number 2857 bus home. She was in an area reserved for black people but the bus filled up and custom meant she was expected to give up her seat as white passengers were having to stand. She refused. Rosa was arrested and convicted but her defiance helped change race relations across the world and she became a leading civil rights activist. She died in 2005 at the age of 92.
( Beth Neil )

NHS targets say 85% of cancer patients should begin their first treatment within two months of being urgently referred by a GP. When Jeremy Hunt started at the Department of Health, 87.3% had started treatment in that time. When he left, that had dropped to 78.3%.

During a radio interview about police probes into historical child abuse allegations, Boris Johnson said that money spent on the investigations had been “spaffed up the wall” and would have been better used putting officers on the street.

Emily Davison ..
One of the most prominent Suffragettes, Emily lived and died for the cause. She was appalled at the way women were treated – particularly being denied the right to vote – and joined Emmeline Pankhurst’s Women’s Social and Political Union in 1906.
Her protests would often lead to imprisonment but she would continue campaigning in jail and she went on hunger strike in Strangeways. Emily was killed aged 40 in 1913 at the Epsom Derby after throwing herself in front of the King’s horse, Anmer. Some believe that she had been planning to attach the WSPU flag to the animal.
( Beth Neil )

More than half (165 of 323) of all magistrates courts in England and Wales have been closed since 2010, forcing defendants, witnesses, police, lawyers and judges to travel sometimes more than 50 miles to access local justice. Seven more are set to close by September this year.

Boris Avoided As Much Questioning As Possible ..
During his time as London Mayor, Boris Johnson bought water cannons for £320,000, although he never used them and sold them at a £300,000 loss.
He also wasted £46million of public money on his botched Garden Bridge without ever beginning construction. He dropped targets for new affordable homes and slammed the ‘lefty’ idea of social housing as something that’s ‘not good for people’. The Estuary Airport was a Boris vanity project. He spent around £10million of taxpayers money on a scheme which was ultimately rejected by the Davies Commission. When Ken Livingstone was London Mayor he took questions every week until the journalists had run out of questions to ask. Boris Johnson avoided as much questioning as possible and took only one question per journalist with a strict half-hour cut-off time at his press conference, once a month. Likewise, he cut the State of London Debate from a day at a weekend to two hours on a weekday evening.

Benazir Bhutto ..
The twice prime minister of Pakistan had followed her dad into politics – and, like him, lost her life because of it. She vehemently denied allegations of corruption but relocated to Dubai before returning in 2007 after being granted amnesty from the charges. She became leader of the opposition Pakistan Peoples Party but was shot at a political rally in December 2007 before a suicide bomb went off moments later. Benazir was 54.
( Beth Neil )

When Jeremy Hunt became health secretary, 95.4% of cancer patients urgently referred by their GP were seen by a specialist within two weeks, exceeding the national 93% target. When he left in July 2018, the proportion seen in that time had dropped to 91.9%.

The NHS Constitution says at least 95% of patients attending A&E should be admitted, transferred or discharged within 4 hours. When Jeremy Hunt took over as health secretary in 2012, 94.9% were seen in that time. By the time he left 6 years later, that figure had dropped to 84%.

The First Lady Of The Suffragettes ..
Born in 1869, Lady Constance Lytton was painfully shy and educated for nothing but marriage. She only ever had one love affair – a tepid attachment to an impecunious soldier – and when it fizzled out she became a full-time companion to her widowed mother, a lady-in-waiting to Queen Victoria. In 1908, her life underwent an extraordinary transformation. Seeking a good cause on which to spend a legacy from her great-aunt, Constance was invited to help a charity that encouraged working-class girls to take up morris dancing. There she met Emmeline Pethick-Lawrence and her husband, Fred, supporters of the women’s suffrage movement, and heard the stories of women who had gone to prison for their activism.
Among the suffragettes she found an irresistible combination of excitement, martyrdom and friendship. After publishing a pamphlet in support of the cause, she rapidly moved on to direct action. Sentenced to a month in prison, her photograph all over the papers, she was shocked when her working-class comrades were confined in ordinary cells, while she and Emmeline were sent to the relative comfort of the prison hospital. In a defiant act of self-mutilation, she began to scratch ‘Votes for Women’ into her flesh with a needle, threatening to incise the words into her face unless she was moved to the cells. The authorities gave in. Renaming herself ‘Jane Warton’, she cut and dyed her hair, put on a pair of pence-nez, a shapeless tweed coat and a hat so dowdy that small boys jeered at her in the street. At a demonstration in Liverpool, ‘Jane’ got herself arrested, and when she refused food, her jaw was forced open with a steel gag, a rubber tube was pushed down her throat and a mixture of milk, gruel, eggs, brandy sugar and beef tea poured in. When she vomited, the doctor slapped her. The process was repeated six times before her identity was discovered and she was released. The public scandal was tremendous. Constance, almost 6ft tall, left prison weighing just 7st 7lb. She gave a speech at a packed Queen’s Hall, where many in the audience wept to hear her description of being force-fed. Calls were made for a public inquiry. The Home Office refused – insisting that force-feeding was no more than mildly unpleasant – but behind the scenes the Home Secretary, Winston Churchill, introduced a number of concessions, including medical examinations of all prisoners before they were force-fed. ‘She has indeed gained a victory over the Government’, wrote Christabel Pankhurst. But the victory was hard won. Constance’s health was broken, and two years later, in 1912, she suffered a stroke. She died in 1923, five years before women were granted the vote on the same terms as men.
( Jane Shilling )

Ex-UK Prime Minister David Cameron was the Director of Corporate Affairs at Carlton TV from July 1994 to February 2001.
Central TV made a documentary revealing Westminster paedophiles. When David Cameron was with Carlton TV, he was the executive responsible for buying out Central TV and burying that documentary.

In 2015, Jeremy Hunt said, “we want 5,000 more GPs by 2020”. Figures show that when Mr Hunt left the Department of Health in July 2018, there were just 162 more than when he made his commitment. The government has now dropped the time limit on the commitment.

Anne Frank ..
Anne’s Jewish family fled Nazi Germany and settled in Amsterdam but Hitler invaded the Netherlands in 1940. The Franks began hiding in an annexe above her dad’s office and friends provided them with food and drink. Teenager Anne recorded her feelings in her diary until August 1944, three days before Germans stormed the building. She died aged 15 at the Bergen-Belsen death camp but her diary has become one of the most treasured books ever.
( Beth Neil )

64% has been slashed from Liverpool’s council budget and 3,000 staff lost since 2010. Tory cuts are making it harder for local government workers to provide the public services we all rely on.
( Dan Carden, 17.06.2019 )

In 2015, Jeremy Hunt said, “we want 5,000 more GPs by 2020”. Figures show that when Mr Hunt left the Department of Health in July 2018, there were just 162 more than when he made his commitment. The government has now dropped the time limit on the commitment.

The First Woman To Be Awarded The Military Cross ..
Michelle Norris showed outstanding bravery in Iraq in 2006 when she saved the life of a colleague who had been shot in the mouth. Aged 19, the then private, from Stourbridge, West Midlands, leapt out of her patrol vehicle and dodged sniper fire to give treatment for three minutes before helping drag him to safety. One bullet hit her rucksack.
( Beth Neil )

Born in New York in 1964, Alexander Boris de Pfeffel Johnson has always been ambitious. His sister Rachel said he wanted as a child to be “king of the world”.
Boris married his first wife, Allegra Mostyn-Owen, in 1987 after they met at Oxford, but split after allegedly having an affair with author and lawyer Marina Wheeler, whom he married in 1993. Johnson then met fellow journalist Petronella Wyatt when he was the editor of The Spectator and she was one of his columnists. The two began an affair shortly before he was elected Conservative MP for Henley in 2001. The Sun newspaper reported news of their relationship in 2004, along with claims that Wyatt had fallen pregnant and had an abortion.

Britain’s Special Relationship With Israel ..
Britain has a special relationship with Israel that is little recognised in the mainstream media but unmissable in light of the killings in Gaza. With more than 110 protesters dead, Britain is in effect defending Israeli actions. The British government has not, as far as I have seen, actually condemned Israel for the killings, Rather, it has simply ‘urged Israel to show restraint’ while recognising its ‘right to secure itself’ and also blaming Hamas for the violence. When British Prime Minister Theresa May phoned Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on 10 May, by which date 40 Palestinian protesters in Gaza had already been shot, it appears she did not even raise the issue. Meanwhile, the government infers it will not even review UK arms exports to Israel after the Gaza massacres which have only been discussed once in the British cabinet. That Britain is supporting Israel over the Gaza killings is true to form. The UK’s relationship with Israel is special in at least nine areas, including arms sales, air force, nuclear deployment, navy, intelligence and trade, to name but a few. Britain abstained on the recent UN vote to authorise an investigation into the Gaza killings because it would not also investigate Hamas. Instead, the UK supports Israel carrying out its own inquiry. Last year, the Foreign Office refused to sign a joint statement at the Paris peace conference on Palestine, accusing it of ‘taking place against the wishes of the Israelis’.
( Mark Curtis, 05.06.2018 )

Boris Johnson’s Whirl-Winding Hypocrisy ..
In April 2016, Boris Johnson penned a column for the Daily Telegraph outlining the benefits of the EU, claiming that “the membership fee seems rather small for all that market access”. Later that day, he defeated his own points by coming out for Brexit as one of the leaders of the Leave campaign – judging that it would better serve his career prospects than back remain. Boris Johnson’s whirl-winding hypocrisy knows no bounds. He backed single market membership during the campaign, only to later claim that single market is “not Brexit”, and he voted both for and against Theresa May’s Brexit deal on various occasions. What’s more, he has written to Theresa May saying that ensuring “no border” between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland should not be priority, just months after telling the House of Commons that “there can be no hard border”. He is a man whose inflated ego far outstrips his judgement and principles, and his long history of flip-flopping deprives him of any credentials for leadership.
( Olaf Stando, 10.06.2019 )

When he was Mayor what did Boris Johnson cost London ?
Up to over £600million in poor decisions, ideological dogma and vanity schemes.
( Christian Wolmar, Independent, 08.09.2015 )

Indira Gandhi ..
India’s only female prime minister remains a highly-revered stateswoman 35 years after she was assassinated. She became involved with the Indian Independence movement before she led her country for the first time in 1966. She was at the helm during the victorious war with Pakistan in 1971 that resulted in the liberation of Bangladesh. She lost the 1977 election but regained power in 1980.
She was 66 and serving her fourth term when she was killed in 1984.

Nuclear Weapons In The Middle East ..
Israel is believed to possess 80 to 100 nuclear warheads, some of which are deployed on its submarines. The UK is effectively aiding this nuclear deployment by supplying submarine components to Israel. According to the commander of Haifa naval base, General David Salamah, Israel’s submarines regularly operate “deep within enemy territory”. Britain has a long history of helping Israel to develop nuclear weapons. In the 1950s and 1960s Conservative and Labour governments made hundreds of sales of nuclear materials to Israel, including plutonium and uranium. The contrast with British policy towards Iran is striking. Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson states that the UK is “adamant that a nuclear-armed Iran would never be acceptable” and thus maintains sanctions against Iran. At the same time Britain refuses to adopt any sanctions against Israel, an actual nuclear state. In 1995, the UK and other states agreed to a UN resolution to establish a nuclear weapons-free zone in the Middle East. It is not known whether Britain has ever seriously pressed Israel on this.
( Mark Curtis, 05.06.2018 )

A Life Not Lived For Others Is Not A Life

Sometimes the smallest step in the right direction ends up being the biggest step of your life.

It’s a good feeling when someone simply asks, ‘How are you ?’

I don’t want to be alone. I want to be left alone.
( Audrey Hepburn )

I sometimes think of the people who weren’t there for me, and thank them for forcing me to find my own way.

We owe no one any explanation of what we do or say.
Our life is ours, not theirs.

Self-care is not being selfish, it’s a necessity.
If you don’t take care of yourself, you won’t be able to care for others.

Always appreciate and be good to the people who make an effort to stay in your life.

Whether you are right or wrong, someone will always criticise you.

Some people decide to go through their darkest times alone.
Not telling and not asking family or friends for help.

To care for the old folk who once cared for us is something we all should do.

If you don’t do stupid things while you are young,
You will have nothing to laugh about when you are old.

If you see something good in someone, tell them.
It may only take a few seconds to say,
But for them, it may help them on their way.

Instead of wiping away your tears, wipe away the people who make you cry.

Be kind to yourself, and then let your kindness fill the hearts of others.

There is nothing that gives us trouble more than our own thoughts.

Life doesn’t always give you what you want.
Not because you don’t deserve it, but because you deserve much more.

Sometimes, in the end, all we learn is how to be strong alone.

I don’t want much.
I just want people who are reading this to be healthy, happy and loved.

I greet this new day with joy, a priceless gift of a new day, another day reprieved from death. I am indeed a fortunate soul and the hours of today are a bonus, and probably undeserved compared to some who left too soon.

One of the most valuable gifts we can receive is an honest friend.

Honesty, truth, compassion, respect ..
Without these in our life we have pretty much nothing.

Greed is responsible for almost all the misery and the suffering in the world today. Our leaders, the corporations, and those with power, continue to put their greedy snouts deeper and deeper into the trough, and don’t give a shit about who, or what, they destroy.

I don’t really care what others think of me.
I’m just happy doing my own thing.

If a hateful person makes you hate, they win.
If a bully makes you a bully, they win.
Don’t be hateful, and don’t be a bully, don’t let them win.
This is how our country, and the world, will win.

If you can make one person laugh long enough to forget their problems then your day wasn’t wasted.

Words From Mother Teresa ..

Loneliness and the feeling of being uncared for and unwanted are the greatest poverty.

We ourselves feel that what we are doing is just a drop in the ocean…
But the ocean would be less because of that missing drop.

If you can’t feed a hundred people, then feed just one.

We can do no great things, only small things with great love.

Love is a fruit in season at all times, and within the reach of every hand.

Duty is a very personal thing.. It is what comes from knowing the need to take action and not just a need to urge others to do something.

I see God in every human being.

Kind words can be short and easy to speak, but their echoes are truly endless.

If you judge people, you have no time to love them.

Intense love does not measure, it just gives.

Profound joy of the heart is like a magnet that indicates the path of life.

If you can’t do great things, do little things with great love.
If you can’t do them with great love, do them with a little love.
If you can’t do them with a little love, do them anyway.
Love grows when people serve.

Let no one ever come to you without leaving better and happier.. Be the living expression of God’s kindness.. kindness in your face, in your eyes, in your smile.

Life is an opportunity, benefit from it.
Life is beauty, admire it.
Life is a dream, realize it.
Life is a challenge, meet it.
Life is a duty, complete it.
Life is a game, play it.
Life is a promise, fulfill it.
Life is sorrow, overcome it.
Life is a song, sing it.
Life is a struggle, accept it.
Life is a tragedy, confront it.
Life is an adventure, dare it.
Life is luck, make it.
Life is too precious, do not destroy it.
Life is life, fight for it.

I know God won’t give me anything I can’t handle.. I just wish he didn’t trust me so much.

Every time you smile at someone, it is an action of love, a gift to that person, a beautiful thing.

God doesn’t require us to succeed, He only requires that you try.

Live simply so others may simply live.

Prayer is not asking.. Prayer is putting oneself in the hands of God, at His disposition, and listening to His voice in the depth of our hearts.

I can do things you cannot, you can do things I cannot.. together we can do great things.

A life not lived for others is not a life.

I alone cannot change the world, but I can cast a stone across the waters to create many ripples.

I am not sure exactly what heaven will be like, but I know that when we die and it comes time for God to judge us, He will not ask, ‘How many good things have you done in your life ?’ rather He will ask, ‘How much love did you put into what you did?’

If we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other.

If you are humble nothing will touch you, neither praise nor disgrace, because you know what you are.

I am a little pencil in the hand of a writing God, who is sending a love letter to the world.

One of the greatest diseases is to be nobody to anybody.

Joy is a net of love by which you can catch souls.
A joyful heart is the inevitable result of a heart burning with love.

It is a kingly act to assist the fallen.

I have found the paradox, that if you love until it hurts, there can be no more hurt, only more love.

Do not think that love in order to be genuine has to be extraordinary.
What we need is to love without getting tired.
Be faithful in small things because it is in them that your strength lies.

Being unwanted, unloved, uncared for, forgotten by everybody.. I think that is a much greater hunger, a much greater poverty than the person who has nothing to eat.

The good you do today may be forgotten tomorrow.. Do good anyway.

When you don’t have anything, then you have everything.

Yesterday is gone.. Tomorrow has not yet come.. We have only today.. Let us begin.

Mother Teresa

Music Was My Refuge

If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.
( John Quincy Adams )

We should always do what is right, not what is easy.

You may have made some mistakes, and you may not be where you want to be, but that’s got nothing to do with your future.
( Zig Ziglar )

Before you ask yourself why someone doesn’t like you.
Ask yourself why you even care.

I used to think the top environmental problems were biodiversity loss, ecosystem collapse and climate change. But I was wrong. The top environmental problems are selfishness, greed and apathy. And to deal with those we need a spiritual and cultural transformation. And we scientists don’t know how to do that.
( Gus Speth )

Smile at people who don’t like you. They hate it.

Music, at its essence, is what gives us memories. And the longer a song has existed in our lives, the more memories we have of it.
( Stevie Wonder )

We are none of us alone.
Even as we exhale it is inhaled by others.
The light that shines on us shines on our neighbour as well.
In this way, we are connected to our friend even as we are connected to our enemy.

Music was my refuge..
I could crawl into the space between the notes and curl my back to loneliness.
( Maya Angelou )

Being rich is not what you have in your bank account..
It’s what you have in your heart.

For every good reason there is to lie, there is a better reason to tell the truth.
( Bo Bennett )

When the character of someone is not clear to you, look at their friends.

Most people don’t really want the truth.
They just want constant reassurance that what they believe is the truth.

The most terrible poverty is loneliness, and the feeling of being unloved.
( Mother Teresa )

Running away from a problem only increases the distance from the solution.

All I ever wanted was to reach out and touch another human being..
Not just with my hands but with my heart.
( There Mafi )

If you’re not sure what to believe in..
Then start with yourself.. After that, everything falls into place.

The only time we waste is the time we spend thinking we are alone.
( Mitch Albom )

If you are lucky enough to find someone as crazy as you, never let them go.

Loneliness adds beauty to life.
It puts a special burn on sunsets and makes night air smell better.
( Henry Rollins )

A bird sitting on a tree is never afraid of the branch breaking..
Because her trust is not on the branch but on its own wings.
Always believe in yourself.

The loneliness you feel with another person, the wrong person, is the loneliest of all.
( Deb Caletti )

The way you end your story may one day be the reason why someone begins theirs.

If you want to make peace with your enemy, you have to work with your enemy.
Then he becomes your partner.
( Nelson Mandela )

We must never close our eyes to the evil and the horror that surrounds the good and the beautiful.

Loneliness is the poverty of self.. Solitude is richness of self.
( May Sarton )

I’m perfect in my imperfections, happy in my pain..
Strong in my weaknesses..
And beautiful in my own way because I’m me.

When you arise in the morning, think of what a precious privilege it is to be alive..
To breathe, to think, to enjoy, to love.
( Marcus Aurelius )

Worry is a total waste of time.. It doesn’t change anything.
All it does is steal your joy and keep you very busy doing nothing.

If you are depressed, you are living in the past.
If you are anxious, you are living in the future.
If you are at peace, you are living in the present.
( Lao Tzu )

Sometimes we need someone to simply be there..
Not to say anything or fix anything..
But just to let us know they are on our side, and that they care.

When you realise how perfect everything is..
You will tilt your head back and laugh at the sky.
( Buddha )

We are not given a good life or a bad life.. We are given a life.
It’s up to us to make it good or bad.

One of the first duties of the physician is to educate the masses not to take medicine.
( William Osler, 1849-1919 )

Live your life in such a way that if anyone says a bad thing about you, no one would ever believe it.

Every man is guilty of all the good he did not do.
( Voltaire )

If you think you are mad, don’t worry..
All the best folk are mad..
You just have to trust your madness.

Be helpful.
When you see a person without a smile, give them yours.
( Zig Ziglar )

The most dangerous thing in the world is an imbecile who thinks he’s a genius.

I have never let my schooling interfere with my education.
( Mark Twain )

Those annoying moments when you are talking with someone..
And you just cannot understand how they actually believe what they are saying.

Sometimes I feel like giving up..
Then I remember there are still people I need to prove wrong.

The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page.
( Augustine of Hippo )

We were not born to just pay bills and then die.

As you grow older, you slowly realise what really matters.
You realise that happiness does not come from the material things in the world.
You realise it comes from spending our short time here living and laughing with those we love and with those we care about.. So stay humble, we all end up the same way.

Beware, some people just act like they are trying to help you.

Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.
( Nelson Mandela )

We come from the earth, we return to the earth..
And in between we play in the garden.

The large pharmaceutical companies don’t want people to stop being sick, otherwise they stop making profits.. This is why they want everyone to focus more on the cure, not on the cause.

Whatever the cost of our libraries, the price is cheap compared to that of an ignorant nation.
( Walter Cronkite )

As an educator, you must learn wonder.
Only those who look with the eyes of children can lose themselves in the object of their wonder.

In the slums of our great cities today, boys and girls who could easily be brought to the full use of their powers are left stunted, inarticulate and angry.

A good head and good heart are always a formidable combination..
But when you add to that a literate tongue or pen, then you have something very special.
( Nelson Mandela )

The most violent element in society is ignorance.

Do not let those who are sleepwalking stand in the way of your awakening.

Conscious people don’t need to be told what to believe or how to behave.
Their logic and reason allow them the ability to use their own minds.

Weeds are flowers too, once you get to know them.
( A.A. Milne )

If you are unwilling to question your beliefs..
You will never know if you are following the truth or lies.

You are the artist of your life.
Don’t give the paintbrush to anyone else.

All men are the same except for their belief in their own selves, regardless of what others may think of them.
( Miyamoto Musashi )

Your Hands Are Full Of Blood

Dominion Over The Animals ..
The bible, on many occasions, says that man was given “dominion” over the animals. People have twisted this to mean that they can do anything they wish to animals. What is meant by “dominion” is the ability to impose our will. We do indeed rule over all animals, as we are the most powerful species on the planet.
This however, does not mean it is okay to abuse this power, through animal abuse, and other wicked acts.
( Denis Giron )

For every beast of the forest is Mine, the cattle on a thousand hills. I know every bird of the mountains, and everything that moves in the field is Mine.
( Psalm 50:10-11 )

To do charity and justice is more acceptable to the Lord than sacrifice.
( Proverbs 21:3 )

Throughout the bible there are many stories that have a strong moral value. Whenever you read a story in the bible, ask yourself what the moral of that story was. It has to have a moral, because if there is no moral, then the story has no relevance. Surely nothing in the bible is irrelevant. In Numbers 22: 21-34, there is the story of Balaam beating his donkey. Within these verses is a strong story about animal abuse, suffering, and animal rights.
( Denis Giron )

What I want is mercy, not sacrifice.
( Hosea 6:6 )

God Does Not Command Animal Sacrifice ..
The idea of animal rights being expressed in the bible comes under fire from those who point to instances of animal sacrifice. I admit the many mentionings of animal sacrifice in the bible have troubled me in the past. How can a merciful God command us to sacrifice animals ? The truth of the matter is, we are NOT supposed to sacrifice animals. God does not command us to do this. The truth is, in Moses’ time, after the Jews came out of Egypt, God allowed animal sacrifices for that time period. The great Jewish philosopher Abarbanel believed animal sacrifice was briefly allowed by God in order to end the idolatry the Jews practiced in Egypt. He cited a Jewish writing that indicated that the Jews had become accustomed to sacrifices in Egypt. To wean them from these idolatrous practices, God tolerated the sacrifices but commanded that they be offered in one central sanctuary.
( Denis Giron )

Your Hands Are Full Of Blood ..
The multitude of your sacrifices, what are they to me ? I have more than enough of burnt offerings, of rams and the fat of fattened animals. I have no pleasure in the blood of bulls and lambs and goats. When you come to appear before me, who has asked this of you, this trampling of my courts ? Stop bringing meaningless offerings. Your incense is detestable to me. New Moons, Sabbaths and convocations, I cannot bear your evil assemblies. Your New Moon festivals and your appointed feasts my soul hates. They have become a burden to me. I am weary of bearing them. When you spread out your hands in prayer, I will hide my eyes from you. Even if you offer many prayers, I will not listen. Your hands are full of blood. Wash and make yourselves clean. Take your evil deeds out of my sight. Stop doing wrong.
( Isaiah 1:11-16 )

Across the globe, there is a small handful of vegetarian Christians who assert that Jesus was a vegetarian. The bible, and other sources, seems to support this belief. Vegetarianism is not without precedent in the Christian, or even Catholic faiths. Many early church fathers were vegetarian, including St. Basil, St. John Chrysostom, and St. Francis of Assisi.
( Denis Giron )

Refrain at all times from such foods as cannot be procured without violence and oppression.
( Thomas Tryon )

Meat Corrupts Your Heart ..
Throughout history there has been many vegetarian jews. Even today, only India has more faith-based vegetarians than Israel. These vegetarian jews believed meat corrupted your soul. Eating meat was permitted by God, but so was drinking alcohol. In fact, just like alcohol, the bible teaches, meat makes you “stumble”, or corrupts your heart (Romans 14-21). That is why Jesus, the Messiah, would eat butter and honey, instead of meat, so that his heart would not be corrupted. Before, during, and after Jesus’ time Jews argued wether or not meat was good for people. There were many vegetarian jews, so why not Jesus ?
( Denis Giron )

Until we consider animal life to be worthy of the consideration and reverence we bestow upon old books and pictures and historic monuments, there will always be the animal refugee living a precarious life on the edge of extermination, dependent for existence on the charity of a few human beings.
( Gerald Durrell )

The Prophet Daniel Was A Vegetarian ..
In the first chapter of the book of Daniel, Nebuchadnezzar, the king of Babylon has imprisoned Daniel. In verse 8, Daniel refused to defile himself by eating the meat being served to him in the prison. Daniel abstained from the meat offered because he was a vegetarian. He knew the benefits of such a diet. Daniel then said to the guard whom the chief official had appointed over him: “Please test your servants for ten days. Give us nothing but vegetables to eat and water to drink. Then compare our appearance with that of the young men who eat the royal food, and treat your servants in accordance with what you see.” So he agreed to this and tested them for ten days. At the end of the ten days they looked healthier and better nourished than any of the young men who ate the royal food. So the guard took away their meat and the wine they were to drink and gave them vegetables instead (Daniel 1:11-16).
( Denis Giron )

Animals have a short life, yet we choose not only to kill them and make it shorter, we abuse and torture the poor souls beforehand. What does that say about us when we can’t even show a little compassion and kindness before we brutally slaughter them and mutilate their bodies ?
( Len Firswood )

Let Us Be Kind To Animals ..
Life is as precious to us as it is for an animal. An animal is as loving, caring, and kind to her children as we are. She might not be able to tell us but she can express it through her eyes and expressions. She feels joy and happiness. She is helpless in our cruel hands and vulnerable to our vicious greed. Let us be kind to animals.

Let us learn to feel their pain. Can we kill a helpless baby to feed our greed ? Then how can we kill helpless animal friends that can’t talk ? Often we kill just for fun. How funny would it be if an animal killed a human just for fun ? Let us be kind to animals as much as possible. I know we can. It is easier to love an animal than a human being. If you love an animal, it will rarely hurt you. Let us practice kindness and compassion to animals so that we may create a peaceful world.
( Debasish Mridha )

The prophesy in Isaiah 7:15 said Jesus would eat butter and honey (rather than meat) to be able to know the difference between good and evil. If Jesus ate meat, then he does not fit the Messianic prophesy of the Jews. Nowhere in the bible does it ever mention Jesus eating meat. Now, knowing that the bible never mentions him eating meat, and taking into account the fact that Jesus taught love and kindness, how hard is it to assume he might have been a vegetarian ?
( Denis Giron )

I encourage everyone to go where their hearts take them, with love, not fear. If we all travel this road, the world will be a better place for all beings. Kinder and more humane choices will be made when we let our hearts lead the way. Compassion begets compassion and caring for and loving animals spills over into compassion and caring for humans. The umbrella of compassion is very important to share freely and widely.
( Marc Bekoff )

What About Fish ? ..
In the 14th chapter of Matthew (verses 13-21) Jesus takes his boat to a remote island. Thousands follow him there. Jesus tells his disciples to feed these people, but they tell him that they only have five loaves of bread and two fish (verse 17). Jesus gave thanks for the food, and it multiplied into enough to feed five thousand people. Now the question is, if Jesus was a vegetarian, why was he giving fish to his followers ? It should be noted that some scholars contend that the Greek word for “fish weed” (a dried seaweed) has been mistranslated in this story as “fish”. It is certainly true that dried fishweed would be more likely in a basket with bread, and fishweed remains a popular food among Palestinian peasants like the people to whom Jesus was speaking. Also, in the beginning of the story (Matthew 14:13) it says Jesus got to this place by boat. These people were right by the sea. If they were out of fish, why not just go on a quick fishing expedition ? Surely with 5,000 men present it would not be that hard to go fishing. With this in mind, it further supports the thought that fishweed was being used, not actual fish. Also, when one considers that the disciples did not even think about trying to catch some fish, this helps explain Matthew 4:18-20, where Jesus gets his first disciples by telling some fishermen to give up their profession and follow him. Jesus even says to them “I will make you a fisher of men”. Could this be Jesus was having them give up their barbaric line of work to do something more righteous ? It may sound absurd, but it starts to make a little more sense when you take it in the same context as the story of feeding five thousand, where the disciples never even considered trying to catch some fish, despite being beside the sea. Why didn’t they go fishing ? Did Jesus teach it was wrong to eat fish ?
( Denis Giron )

Surely it is our animal nature that recognizes the divinity of the natural world in all its mystery and beauty, despite the distressing habits and limited perception that afflict our species. So perhaps our hope of redemption lies in the fact that we are animals, not that we are people.
( Elizabeth Marshall Thomas )

People pray to God for mercy and justice but continue to eat the flesh of animals that are slaughtered solely for their gustatory desires. I fail to understand why the masses believe it’s okay to bring gentle animals into the world with the sole intention of hurting them and then brutally killing them. What, or who, gave us the right or the authority to do this? Certainly not a loving God or Creator.
( Rose Winfold )